Archived—Call for Interest in Broadcasting Satellite Orbital Positions

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-002-03 - Call 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 e-mail 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: http://canadagazetteducanada.gc.ca/ .

July 9, 2003


Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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1. Introduction

This paper, announced in the Canada Gazette on July 19, 2003 in Notice No. DGRB-002-03, invites interested parties to submit expressions of interest for broadcasting satellite orbital positions using 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 broadcasting satellite orbital positions.1 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 the 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.

Canada also has access to five broadcast satellite orbital positions at 12 GHz. Telesat Canada currently uses two of these 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 capable of providing coverage for Canada and beyond from each of the12 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.

All costs associated with the development and submission of expressions of interest and satellite information, including any requirements to provide supplemental information or to attend meetings at the request of the Department, are and will remain the responsibility of the interested party. The Minister accepts no liability for any costs and expenses incurred by respondents pursuant to this Call or in connection with any meetings, discussions or interviews. Respondents to this Call shall prepare and submit the required material at their own expense and with the express understanding that no claim for reimbursement from the Government of Canada can be made.

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2. Spectrum and Orbital Resources

This Call for Expressions of Interest pertains to 17 GHz and 12 GHz BSS orbital positions as described below.

2.1 17 GHz BSS Orbital Positions

The specific frequency bands available for the 17 GHz orbital positions are the 17.3-17.8 GHz band (space-to-Earth) and associated feederlink band 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space).

The 17 GHz frequency band was allocated for Region 2 countries by the ITU to the broadcasting-satellite service at the 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC-92), along with its associated feeder link band. In 1994, these international allocations were incorporated into the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.2 Based upon anticipated interest in the use of the 17 GHz band by the Canadian broadcasting system, Industry Canada submitted ITU coordination information filings for a number of positions in the geostationary arc to achieve the best conditions for successful coordination. These filings were for the following orbital positions: 78oW, 82oW, 85oW, 91oW, 95oW, 99oW, 103oW, 107.3oW, 111.1oW, 114.9oW, and 118.7oW.

It should be noted that Canadian access to these 17 GHz orbital positions is subject to the first-come, first-served nature of the ITU satellite coordination procedure, and that any assignments made pursuant to this Call are subject to successful international coordination and completion of the ITU regulatory process. As indicated in the earlier Call, April 1, 2007 is the earliest possible implementation date for Canadian satellite networks using this band, and this date has also been established in the information submitted to the ITU as the in-service date for all the 17 GHz broadcasting satellite networks. This information, or a modification of it, will be the basis for international coordination and any subsequent potential assignment of 17 GHz broadcasting orbital positions.

Additional information concerning use of the 17 GHz BSS spectrum and its associated 25 GHz feeder link band is available in the previous Call for Expressions of Interest (DGRB-003-02), available on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf05907.html.

2.2 12 GHz BSS Orbital Positions

The specific frequency bands available for the 12 GHz band orbital positions are 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and its associated feederlink band 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space).3

Currently, licences have been awarded to Telesat Canada for two 12 GHz orbital positions, specifically 82oW and 91oW. In this Call, three remaining 12 GHz orbital positions are available for potential assignment to serve Canada and beyond, namely at 72.5oW, 129oW and 138oW.

The 12 GHz BSS band and associated feeder link band were planned at the 1983 Region 2 Regional Administrative Radio Conference. In the resulting plan, found in Appendix 30 and Appendix 30A of the ITU Radio Regulations, there are non-overlapping service areas covering Canada from west to east. Originally, each of these areas was to be served from a separate orbital position. In 1996, however, Industry Canada submitted 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. It should be noted that while access to these orbital positions for the provision of service to specific regions within Canada has been secured by international agreement, the extended coverage amendments are time limited by the ITU regulatory process, requiring that satellites be in-service at the 72.5oW, 129oW and 138oW orbital positions by July 14, 2005, August 25, 2005, and March 12, 2006 respectively, and that corresponding administrative due diligence information be submitted to the ITU by November 21, 2003.

2.3 Use of Spectrum Outside Canada

The authorization to be issued pursuant to this Call should not be construed in any way as giving the licensee any rights to operate earth stations, or to otherwise provide satellite services, in a country other than Canada. Should any party intend to operate earth stations or otherwise provide satellite services outside Canada using the authorized space station, the Department recommends that they consult with the appropriate regulatory authorities of the administrations concerned.

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3. Requirements

3.1 Policy Objectives

Industry Canada is guided by the telecommunications policy objectives set out in section 7 of the Telecommunications Act. In particular, the geostationary satellite orbital positions described in this Call for Interest are considered valuable resources for the Canadian broadcasting system. These resources should be used for the development of satellite facilities capable of delivering reliable broadcasting services to Canadians in all regions, including Northern Canada, and addressing the requirements of Canadian broadcasting undertakings to the greatest extent possible. Further, the implementation of these facilities should foster the future introduction of new and innovative broadcasting applications.

3.2 Eligibility

The Department will consider expressions of interest from all parties that are, or are able to become, a Canadian broadcasting undertaking licensed under the Broadcasting Act or a Canadian satellite carrier operating as a Canadian radiocommunication service provider licensed under the Radiocommunication Act. It should be noted that to be eligible to hold a radio authorization for a satellite described in this Call, the satellite operator would be required to clearly demonstrate compliance, and to further comply on an on-going basis, with the Canadian ownership and control requirements set out in section 10(2)(d) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

3.3 Timely Deployment of Satellite Facilities

The Department recognizes that a reasonable amount of time is required to implement a plan for development and operation of a broadcasting satellite. Access to the 17 GHz orbital positions is time limited by the first-come, first-served nature of the associated ITU filing process. As well, the earliest possible commencement of service for a 17 GHz BSS satellite is April 1, 2007. Accordingly, the Department will give preference in making potential assignments of 17 GHz orbital positions to those qualified applicants demonstrating a substantive implementation plan that will see a satellite deployed by April 1, 2007.

Although continued access to 12 GHz BSS orbital positions for the provision of service to specific regions within Canada is guaranteed by international agreement, amendments filed with the ITU in 1996 to provide coverage of Canada and beyond, require that satellites be brought into use early. While the Department will give consideration to qualified applicants with later deployment plans, preference in making potential assignments of 12 GHz orbital positions will be given to those qualified applicants with substantive plans for bringing satellites at the 72.5oW, and 129oW and 138oW orbital positions into use by July 14, 2005, August 25, 2005 and March 12, 2006 respectively.

3.4 Service to Canada

Preference for potential assignments of 17 GHz and 12 GHz broadcasting satellite systems pursuant to this Call, will also be given to those qualified applicants demonstrating a plan to provide capacity to serve all areas of Canada, including northern Canada.

3.5 Expected Conditions of Licence

Consistent with other authorizations granted for the development and operation of Canadian space stations, Industry Canada will impose as a minimum the following conditions of licence.

  • Licensees must comply with any satellite implementation milestones.
  • Licensees must operate the satellite facility either as part of the infrastructure for a Canadian broadcasting undertaking or as a Canadian telecommunications common carrier to serve Canadian broadcasting needs. For a broadcasting undertaking, the licensee must hold or intend to hold a broadcasting licence from the CRTC.4
  • Licences may not be transferred or assigned without full review of the application by the Department and authorization of the Minister.
  • Licensees must participate, at the their own expense, in the coordination of its satellite networks with other Canadian satellite and terrestrial networks as well as those of other countries.
  • Licensees must make available satellite capacity as a Canadian telecommunication common carrier, or as a Canadian broadcasting undertaking acting as a telecommunication common carrier respecting the disposition of satellite capacity beyond its own requirements, on non-discriminatory basis to other licensed Canadian broadcasting undertakings.
  • Licensees must make fair and reasonable efforts to develop, promote and purchase satellite network components from Canadian manufacturers.
  • Licensees must direct a minimum of two percent of adjusted gross revenues resulting from the satellite’s lifetime operations towards improving connectivity in under-served areas of Canada.
  • Licensees must submit progress reports providing an update on the implementation of the satellite facilities/services and indicating continued compliance with all licence conditions.

Other conditions of authorization may be required to reflect any operational, regulatory or technical requirements.

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4. Expressions of Interest and Assignment of Positions

As indicated in Section 1, the Department intends to move quickly in considering all expressions of interest received, and to conclude expeditiously on the potential assignment of broadcasting satellite orbital positions to qualified applicants. Thus, the Department invites interested parties to submit their expressions of interest in using the broadcasting satellite orbital positions set out in Section 2 of this Call.

4.1 Submission Requirements

In their expressions of interest, applicants must provide information describing their status as a licensed Canadian broadcasting undertaking or a Canadian satellite carrier, including any information on existing or potential alliances or partnerships, or provide an outline of their plan to become such an undertaking or carrier. Applicants must clearly indicate the specific satellite position(s) they are interested in. For each specific position indicated, applicants must also indicate (1) why it would best serve the broadcasting interest that the particular orbit be obtained and (2) any alternative positions, in order of preference, that may be acceptable. If no alternative is acceptable, the respondent should indicate reasons why.

Applicants must provide a detailed overview of their satellite plans and the relationship of these plans to any satellite facilities currently used by the applicant, reserved under contract from a Canadian satellite operator, or otherwise assigned by the Department. Applicants must provide information indicating they have or are able to secure the financial, technical and operational resources, as well as the competencies necessary to plan, develop, and operate a broadcasting satellite station. Applicants, as prospective satellite operators, must also indicate the nature of their intended relationship with potential users of the satellite capacity and identify, to the extent possible, anticipated major users of their capacity. Finally, to the extent possible, additional information should be provided for each identified satellite position including the potential design of the satellite network, its capacity, the anticipated in-service date and life expectancy of the potential satellite, the Canadian coverage areas, any potential non-Canadian coverage areas, the associated transponder plan and antenna beam pattern, and the anticipated ground segment characteristics.

Given that there is little time remaining to implement 12 GHz satellites prior to the corresponding early in-service dates set out in Section 2.2, applicants for 12 GHz orbital positions intending to make use of the Department’s 1996 amendments filed with the ITU must also demonstrate in their satellite plans that they will be able to provide the administrative due diligence information in a timely manner as set out in Section 4.2 below.

4.2 Potential Assignments and Licensing Process

The Department intends to proceed quickly with the potential assignment of available broadcasting satellite orbital positions to qualified applicants demonstrating substantive satellite deployment plans. Accordingly, in the event that a given orbital position is sought by more than one qualified applicant, the Department will use information provided in the expressions of interest to determine alternative potential assignments.

Once the Department has notified qualified applicants of potential assignments, applicants will be required to submit a detailed applications to develop and operate their broadcasting satellite space stations to the Department for approval. As part of this submission, applicants will be required to provide documentation related to their eligibility to hold a licence, clearly demonstrating that the applicant conforms with Canadian ownership and control requirements for radiocommunication carriers within the meaning of section 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

In the case of 12 GHz orbital positions with a plan for bringing satellites into use early, applicants will also be required to submit to the Department administrative due diligence information as set out in ITU Resolution 49 (Rev.WRC-2000), Administrative due diligence applicable to some satellite radiocommunication services, in a form acceptable to the ITU, no later than November 12, 2003.

4.3 Non-confidential Expressions of Interest

All expressions of interest received, along with the satellite network information, will be posted on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site. Industry Canada recognizes that certain portions of submissions may be considered confidential by respondents. In these instances, respondents must clearly identify, and submit as a separate package, the information they consider confidential for consideration by the Department. Any information relating to the expressions of interest received that in the Department’s opinion is not subject to the Privacy Act or Access to Information may be made available to the public via the Department’s Web site.

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5. Instructions for Submissions

5.1 Format

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 may be sent to the following e-mail address: dsir@ic.gc.ca, along with a note specifying the software, version number, and operating system used.

5.2 Deadline

Expressions of interest must be received by the Department at the address noted in Section 5.5 no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 15, 2003.

5.3 Public Access to Documents

Every effort will be made to post all expressions of interest on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site for public viewing within a few days of their receipt, at the following address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum. Copies of this document are also available on the same Web site.

Official printed copies of the gazette notice can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at: http://canadagazetteducanada.gc.ca/.

5.4 Related Documents

All references are available on the Internet on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site (http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum) or on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Web site (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/welcome.htm) as follows:

  • BA
    Broadcasting Act
    Directions to the CRTC (Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite Distribution Undertakings)
    Order
  • CPC 2-0-15
    Canadian Ownership and Control
  • ITU
    ITU Radio Regulations
  • RA
    Radiocommunication Act
  • RP-002
    Policy for the Use of Geostationary-Satellite Orbit by Canadian Satellite Networks
  • RP-020
    Guidelines on the Licensing Process and Spectrum Release Plan (2001 Edition)
  • RR
    Radiocommunication Regulations
  • TA
    Telecommunications Act

5.5 Departmental Address/Contact

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

Issued under the authority of the Radiocommunication Act

July 9, 2003


Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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Extracts from the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

Annex I - Part A

17 GHz BSS Band (17.3-17.8 GHz)

17.3-17.7 GHz
BROADCASTING-SATELLITE
FIXED-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) S5.516
Radiolocation
S5.515 S5.517 C43 C44 C47
17.7-17.8 GHz
BROADCASTING-SATELLITE C46
FIXED C45
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth) (Earth-to-space) S5.516
S5.515 S5.517 C43 C44 C47

17 GHz BSS Feeder Link Band (24.75 - 25.25 GHz)

24.75 - 25.05 GHz
FIXED-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space)
S5.542 C44 C47
25.05 - 25.25 GHz
FIXED
FIXED-SATELLITE
(Earth-to-space)
S5.542 C44 C47

Annex I - Part B

12 GHz BSS Band (12.2 - 12.7 GHz)

12.2 - 12.7 GHz
BROADCASTING
BROADCASTING-SATELLITE C43 C47
FIXED
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)
S5.487A S5.488 S5.490 S5.492 C16B

12 GHz BSS Feeder Link Band (17.3-17.8 GHz)

17.3-17.7 GHz
BROADCASTING-SATELLITE
FIXED-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) S5.516
Radiolocation
S5.515 S5.517 C43 C44 C47
17.7-17.8 GHz
BROADCASTING-SATELLITE C46
FIXED C45
FIXED-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth) (Earth-to-space)
S5.516 S5.515 S5.517 C43 C44 C47
International Footnotes

S5.487A. Additional allocation: in Region 1, the band 11.7-12.5 GHz, in Region 2, the band 12.2-12.7 GHz and, in Region 3, the band 11.7-12.2 GHz, are also allocated to the fixed-satellite service (space-to-Earth) on a primary basis, limited to non-geostationary systems and subject to the provisions of Resolution 538 (WRC-97), (WRC-97)

S5.488. The use of the bands 11.7-12.2 GHz by the fixed-satellite service in Region 2 and 12.2-12.7 GHz by the broadcasting-satellite service in Region 2 is limited to national and subregional systems. The use of the band 11.7-12.2 GHz by the fixed-satellite service in Region 2 is subject to previous agreement between the administrations concerned and those having services, operating or planned to operate in accordance with the Table, which may be affected (see Articles S9 and S11). For the use of the band 12.2-12.7 GHz by the broadcasting-satellite service in Region 2, see Appendix S30.

S5.490. In Region 2, in the band 12.2-12.7 GHz, existing and future terrestrial radiocommunication services shall not cause harmful interference to the space services operating in conformity with the broadcasting-satellite Plan for Region 2 contained in Appendix S30.

S5.492. Assignments to stations of the broadcasting-satellite service in conformity with the appropriate regional Plan in Appendix S30 may also be used for transmissions in the fixed-satellite service (space-to-Earth), provided that such transmissions do not cause more interference or require more protection from interference than the broadcasting-satellite service transmissions operating in conformity with this Plan. With respect to the space services, this band shall be used principally for the broadcasting-satellite service. (WRC-97)

S5.515. In the band 17.3-17.8 GHz, sharing between the fixed-satellite service (Earth-to-space) and the broadcasting-satellite service shall also be in accordance with the provisions of § 1 of Annex 4 of Appendix S30A/30A.

S5.516. The use of the band 17.3-18.1 GHz by geostationary-satellite systems in the fixed-satellite service (Earth-to-space) is limited to feeder links for the broadcasting-satellite service. For the use of the band 17.3-17.8 GHz in Region 2 by feeder links for the broadcasting-satellite service in the band 12.2-12.7 GHz, see Article S11. The use of the bands 17.3-18.1 GHz (Earth-to-space) in Regions 1 and 3 and 17.8-18.1 GHz (Earth-to-space) in Region 2 by non-geostationary-satellite systems in the fixed-satellite service is subject to the provisions of Resolution 538 (WRC-97). (WRC-97)

S5.517. In Region 2, the allocation to the broadcasting-satellite service in the band 17.3-17.8 GHz shall come into effect on 1 April 2007. After that date, use of the fixed-satellite (space-to-Earth) service in the band 17.7-17.8 GHz shall not claim protection from and shall not cause harmful interference to operating systems in the broadcasting-satellite service.

S5.542. Additional allocation: in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, China, the Congo, the Republic of Korea, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mail, Morocco, Mauritania, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Syria, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Chad, the band 29.5-31 GHz is also allocated to the fixed and mobile services on a secondary basis. The power limits specified in Nos. S21.3 and S21.5 shall apply. (WRC-97)

Canadian Footnotes

C16B (CAN-00). Geostationary orbit networks principally providing domestic fixed satellite services utilize the conventional bands 11.45-12.2 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz in the space-to-Earth direction and paired, respectively, with the bands 13.75-14.50 GHz and 29.5-30.0 GHz in the Earth-to-space direction. Broadcasting satellite networks providing domestic services utilize the band 12.2-12.7 GHz in the space-to-Earth direction. Domestic implementation of non-geostationary fixed-satellite services in these bands will conform to future ITU Radio Regulations and operating criteria for sharing between services and systems. In addition, non-geostationary FSS use of the band 11.45-11.7 GHz which is shared with the fixed service on a coordinated basis will be governed by spectrum utilization policies which will be formulated in future.

C43 (CAN-94). In the bands 17.3-17.8 GHz and 17.9-18.4 GHz the fixed-satellite service (Earth-to-space) is limited to feeder links to broadcasting-satellite space stations operating in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band (See C47).

C44 (CAN-00). Feeder links to broadcasting-satellite space stations operating in the band 17.3-17.8 GHz shall be implemented in the band 24.75-25.25 GHz. In areas where fixed systems have been licensed using a competitive process, future earth stations (Earth-to-space) in the band 25.05-25.25 GHz will be permitted provided that such installations will not cause interference to any fixed service to be deployed in the authorized service area.

C45 (CAN-94). In the band 17.7-17.8 GHz Canadian stations in the fixed service shall not claim protection from and shall not cause harmful interference to Canadian domestic stations operating in the broadcasting-satellite service after 1 April 2007. In addition, to protect broadcasting-satellite receiving stations in Canada and in the United States, the aggregate power flux density from fixed systems of one country shall not be greater than -109 dB (W/m2) over any 1 MHz band in any area within the other country where the broadcasting-satellite service is used.

C46 (CAN-94). In the band 17.7-17.8 GHz Canadian broadcasting-satellite space stations shall not radiate into territory of the United States administration a power flux density greater than that specified by ITU Regulation No. 2578. Similarly, to protect Canadian fixed systems, transmissions from broadcasting-satellite space stations of United States operators can be expected to be limited in the same way in Canadian territory.

C47 (CAN-94). Feeder links to broadcasting-satellite systems operating in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band are limited to the band 17.3-17.8 GHz, unless it is necessary to use another band because of the operation or planned operation of a (downlink) broadcasting-satellite system in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band. The choice of which feeder-link band to use shall take into account the planned lifetime of the associated space-station. If for the above reason the band 17.3-17.8 GHz is not available, either the band 17.9-18.4 GHz or the band 24.75-25.25 GHz shall be used. The choice between these latter two bands should take into account the need to coordinate the band 17.9-18.4 GHz with other primary services, and the need to use the band 24.75-25.25 GHz for the provision of feeder links to broadcasting-satellite systems operating in the band 17.3-17.8 GHz.


1 Notice No. DGRB-003-02, Call for Expressions of Interest in Orbital Positions Using a New Broadcasting-Satellite Service Band (17.3-17.8 GHz) and for Satellite Network Information to Initiate International Coordination

2 See Extracts from the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations in Annex I - Part A.

3 See Extracts from the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations in Annex I - Part B.

4 Canadian broadcasting undertakings must meet Canadian ownership and control requirements under the Broadcasting Act.

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