Archived — Gazette Notice SMSE-001-05

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. SMSE-001-05 — Redeployment Plan (100-500 MHz) - Temporary Moratorium of Phase 2 Radio Equipment Certification and Licensing Requirements

Intent

The intent of this notice is to announce the Department's decision to invoke a temporary moratorium for the January 1, 2005 implementation date of Phase 2 radio equipment certification and licensing requirements currently required under the Redeployment Plan for Spectrum Efficient Land Mobile Equipment in the Frequency Range 100-500 MHz (hereafter referred to as the Redeployment Plan). This suspension will be in place pending further consideration by the Department of the emerging narrow band radio equipment market and any consequential decisions that may, in the near term, be required.

Background

The Redeployment Plan was issued October 1998. Its primary objective was to alleviate the critical shortage of land mobile spectrum in large urban centers by requiring the use of more spectrum-efficient narrow band technologies. In Phase I of the plan, existing mobile radio systems that operate in areas of high spectrum congestion employing 25/30 kHz, were required to meet new spectrum equipment efficient equivalencies of 12.5/15 kHz on or before January 1, 2002. In Phase 2 of the plan, existing mobile systems that operate in areas of high spectrum congestion employing 12.5/15 kHz are required to meet new spectrum equipment efficient equivalencies of 6.25/7.5 kHz by January 1, 2010. Some tangible results can already be seen in reduced congestion and overall improved spectrum efficiency. The Department's regional offices have carefully managed this transition to more spectrum-efficient narrow band technologies while taking into account the business plans of existing users.

The Redeployment Plan also establishes Phase 2 implementation dates for more spectrum-efficient narrow band technologies. These dates include the January 1, 2005 radio equipment certification requirement to meet a new spectrum efficiency level of one voice channel per 6.25/7.5 kHz bandwidth. In addition, new systems cannot be licensed after January 1, 2005 unless the radio equipment used meets the new spectrum efficiency level of 6.25/7.5 kHz bandwidth.

The Department is aware that spectrum users need a suitable amortization period for the radio equipment installed under Phase 1 criteria, prior to making financial commitments towards the new spectrum efficiency requirements of Phase 2 by January 1, 2010. In this regard, the Department notes that a principle in the Redeployment Plan is to adopt transition periods that reflect the future spectrum needs of a majority of users and include appropriate periods for equipment amortization. The Department is very committed to improving the efficient use of spectrum and concluded that it had indeed provided for a suitable amortization period for Phase 1 equipment installations.

Decision

The Department recognizes that there may not have been enough time before January 1, 2005 for manufacturers to make available radio equipment that meets the 6.25 kHz bandwidth requirement of Phase 2. Therefore the Department is invoking a temporary moratorium on the January 1, 2005 implementation date of Phase 2 radio equipment certification and licensing requirements outlined in the Redeployment Plan pending further study and any consequential decisions.

The Department anticipates that Phase 2 equipment may be available in the next 2 - 4 years, and will make a decision at an appropriate future time to continue the implementation of Phase 2 radio equipment requirements. This is the most important step in releasing additional frequencies via the Redeployment Plan. These actions will ensure that the critical needs for land mobile spectrum below 1 GHz continue to be met, especially in congested areas of the country. The Department therefore, remains committed to improving the efficient use of spectrum in the 150/450 MHz bands and views this interim moratorium measure as necessary for the continued success of the Redeployment Plan to ensure the most efficient use of limited land mobile spectrum resources.

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.

January 26, 2005

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Robert W. McCaughern
Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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