Archived — Gazette Notice No. DGRB-001-04

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-001-04 - Call for Interest in 12 GHz 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 utilizing the12 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) frequency bands at the 129° W and 138° W orbital positions.

In July 2003, the Department issued the Call for Interest in Broadcasting Satellite Orbital Positions, Notice No. DGRB-002-03, which invited interested parties to submit expressions of interest for the use of available 17 GHz or 12 GHz broadcasting satellite orbital positions. As a result of the Call, Telesat Canada has been invited to submit a detailed application to the Department for approval to use the 12 GHz band at the 72.5° W position. The Department is still considering the interest received in the 17 GHz positions.

Given the level of interest received in the 12 GHz positions, the Department has decided to re-open the July 2003 Call for Interest to receive additional expressions of interest in the two remaining 12 GHz positions at 129° W and 138° W. Accordingly, the Department now invites all interested parties to submit expressions of interest for the use of these two 12 GHz broadcasting satellite orbital positions.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

Instructions for the submission of expressions of interest, as well as submission requirements, are included in the Call for Interest in 12 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Orbital Positions. 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. Expressions of interest must be received by the Department, at the address noted in Section 5.6 of the Call, no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on May 14, 2004. The Department will post a list of all applicants and orbital positions requested on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum within a few days of the closing of the receipt of expressions of interest. Every effort will also be made to post all expressions of interest for public viewing, as quickly as possible.

Obtaining Copies

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

Official printed copies of gazette notices can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at: www.gazette.gc.ca/index-eng.html or by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 819-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

December 23, 2003

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Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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