Archived — Notice No. DGRB-002-03

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-002-03Call for Interest in Broadcasting Satellite Orbital Positions

This Notice announces the release of a paper, under the above title, that invites interested parties to submit expressions of interest to Industry Canada for broadcasting satellite orbital positions, utilizing either the 17 GHz or 12 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) frequency bands.

In June 2002, the Department issued a Call for Expressions of Interest in 17 GHz BSS orbital positions. This was done to assist the Department in advancing the international coordination for Canadian access to strategic orbital positions and to develop a process for making these orbital positions available for assignment. Since this earlier Call, the Department has taken additional steps to advance the international coordination of 11 broadcasting satellite orbital positions at 17 GHz to achieve the best conditions for successful coordination. However, while able to advance the international coordination of these positions, the interest expressed was not tangible enough to assign these orbital positions. As a result, all 11 orbital positions remain available for potential assignment.

Regarding the 12 GHz BSS, Canada also has access to five broadcasting satellite orbital positions. Telesat Canada currently has authority for the use of two orbital positions to provide satellite capacity for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Canada. While access to these orbital positions for the provision of service to specific regions within Canada has been secured by international agreement, in 1996, the Department filed amendments with the ITU with a view toward the implementation of satellites to provide coverage of Canada and beyond from each of the 12 GHz BSS orbital positions. These latter filings are time limited by the ITU regulatory process, which requires that satellites be brought into use early. Recently, the Department received an application to use one of Canada's three available 12 GHz broadcasting satellite orbital positions.

The Department now invites interested parties to submit expressions of interest for the use of available 17 GHz or 12 GHz broadcasting satellite orbital positions. It should be noted that the Department intends to proceed quickly with the potential assignment of these orbital positions, should there be tangible interest. Accordingly, in the event that any position is sought by more than one applicant, the Department will use information provided in the expressions of interest pursuant to this process to determine alternative potential assignments.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

Instructions for the submission of expressions of interest are provided in the referenced paper. To satisfy the Department's objective that the licensing process is transparent, fair and timely for interested parties who wish to access these orbital positions, a Call for Expressions of Interest is initiated with this Notice. To ensure that expressions of interest are fully considered, they must be submitted to Industry Canada no later than 5:00 pm EDT, September 15, 2003. All expressions of interest received will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site within a few days of their receipt.

All submissions must refer to Canada Gazette Notice DGRB-002-03, and clearly identify the respondent, provide the name of a person who can be contacted regarding the expression of interest, a corresponding mailing address, electronic mail address, and telephone and fax numbers. Respondents are required to provide one paper copy and one electronic version of their expressions of interest.

The Department requires that electronic versions be in one of the following formats: WordPerfect; Microsoft Word; or Adobe PDF. This version should be sent to the following email address: dsir@ic.gc.ca, along with a note specifying the software, version number, and operating system used.

Written submissions should be addressed to Chantal Beaumier, Director, Space and International Regulatory Activities, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch, Industry Canada, 15th Floor - Jean Edmond Tower North, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

Obtaining Copies

Copies of this document are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Official printed copies can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at: www.gazette.gc.ca/index-eng.html.

July 9, 2003

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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