Iridium Satellite Canada Ltd.


Our File: 46208-1 (380932 AL)

April 1, 2014

Mr. Matthew John Desch
Chief Executive Officer
Iridium Satellite Canada Ltd.
c/o T. Gregory Kane
99 Bank Street, Suite 1420
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1H4

Dear Mr. Desch:

This letter constitutes a spectrum licence granting Iridium Satellite Canada Ltd. (Iridium), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iridium Satellite LLC, authority to use the following bands of radio frequencies to provide mobile satellite services to Iridium’s subscriber earth stations in Canada via the Iridium constellation of satellites.

Frequency Bands
Uplink Downlink
1621.35–1626.5 MHz 1621.35–1626.5 MHz

This is an annual licence, subject to the conditions listed in the attachment. This licence expires on March 31st, 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Lambert
Director, Space Services Operations


Iridium Satellite Canada Ltd.
Conditions of Licence to Provide Mobile Satellite Services in Canada via the Iridium Constellation of Satellites

1. Eligibility

Iridium Satellite Canada Ltd. (Iridium) must conform with the eligibility criteria as set out for a radiocommunication service provider in section 9 (1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

2. Licence Transferability

This spectrum licence may not be transferred or assigned without a full review of the application by the Department and authorization of the Minister. For clarification, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, "transfer" includes any leasing, sub-leasing or other disposition of the rights and obligations of the licences.

3. Laws, Regulations and Other Obligations

  1. Iridium is subject to and must comply with the ITU Radio Regulations, the Canadian Radiocommunication Act, Radiocommunication Regulations, and Canada’s spectrum policies pertaining to its authorized radio frequency bands and satellite orbital positions.
  2. The operation of the facilities and services being provided must be in conformity with relevant Canadian laws and regulations.

4. Service to All Regions of Canada

Iridium must make fair and reasonable efforts to provide mobile satellite service to all regions of Canada within the coverage contour and service availability, as described in the licensee’s original application dated April 5, 2001.

5. Research and Development

Iridium must invest, as a minimum, 2 percent of its adjusted gross revenues resulting from the use of this licence, averaged over the term of the licence, in eligible research and development activities related to telecommunications. Eligible research and development activities are those which meet the definition of scientific research and experimental development adopted in the Income Tax Act, as amended from time to time. Adjusted gross revenues are defined as total service revenues, less inter-carrier payments, bad debts, third party commissions, and provincial goods and services taxes collected.

Iridium is exempt from research and development expenditure requirements if it, together with all affiliated licensees that are subject to the research and development condition of licence, has less than $1 billion in annual gross operating revenues from the provision of wireless services in Canada, averaged over the term of the licence. For this condition of licence, an affiliate is defined as a person who controls the carrier, or who is controlled by the carrier or by any person who controls the carrier, as per subsection 35(3) of the Telecommunications Act.

6. Lawful Interception

  1. Iridium must provide and maintain lawful interception capabilities as authorized by law. The requirements for lawful interception capabilities are provided in the Solicitor General publication entitled Enforcement Standards for Lawful Interception of Telecommunications. These standards may be periodically amended following consultation with the Minister of Public Safety Canada and the licensees.
  2. Iridium may request the Minister to forbear from enforcing certain assistance capability requirements for a limited period. The Minister, following consultation with the Minister of Public Safety Canada, may exercise his power to forbear from enforcing a requirement or requirements where in the opinion of the Minister, the requirement(s) is (are) not reasonably achievable. Forbearance requests must include specific details and dates when compliance to requirement(s) can be expected.

7. Subscriber Earth Stations

  1. Subscriber earth stations are authorized to operate in Canada only. Any roaming into other countries must respect the licensing regimes of those countries. To ensure compliance, Iridium must provide its subscribers with a copy of this condition.
  2. Subscriber radio equipment must meet all applicable Canadian radio equipment standards and be certified for use in Canada. Notwithstanding this requirement, subscriber radio equipment brought into Canada by visitors for use while temporarily located in Canada must:
    1. meet any applicable Canadian radio equipment standards and be certified for use in Canada; or
    2. be type approved by an administration that is a signatory to the Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite-Memorandum of Understanding (GMPCS-MoU) and must carry the GMPCS-MoU mark.
  3. Subscriber earth stations must comply with Health Canada’s Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields in the Frequency Range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz — Safety Code 6.

8. Operational Frequency Requirements

Service link operations must be restricted to the 1621.35-1626.5 MHz frequency band. The Department will review this condition with a view to amending the licensee’s licences in accordance with any band sharing arrangement required by the Department if fewer mobile satellite service providers than anticipated are licensed in the 1610-1626.5 MHz band.

9. Emissions

  1. The Department expects that Iridium Satellite LLC will make progress towards lowering interfering emissions from Iridium space stations into the 1610.6 - 1613.8 MHz radio astronomy band to levels of interference that are not detrimental to radioastronomical measurements (as defined in Recommendation ITU-R RA.769.1). A complementary approach to mitigating the impact of spurious emissions would be to improve the immunity of radio telescopes to such emissions in this band.

    To the extent that Iridium Satellite LLC will rely on this latter approach, the licensee must use their good offices to encourage Iridium Satellite LLC to support proposals from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct research into technology which would lead to the amelioration of the impact of unwanted emissions on radio astronomy operations in the 1610.6 - 1613.8 MHz radio astronomy band.
  2. The licensee agrees not to exceed the following spectral power flux density levels from the Iridium space stations in the 1610.6 - 1613.8 MHz band at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), near Penticton, B.C.:
    1. A level of -238 dB(Wm-2Hz-1) for at least a continuous 5.5 hour period between late night and early morning hours (local time) for the DRAO site. This level of -238 dB(Wm-2Hz-1) is considered an acceptable level of interference for spectral-line observations as defined in Recommendation ITU-R RA.769.1, and is based on a measurement integration time of 2000 seconds, a 0 dBi sidelobe receiving antenna characteristic, and a measurement channel bandwidth of 20 kHz.
    2. A level of -223 dB (Wm-2Hz-1) for all other times at the DRAO site.
  3. In complying with these limits on emissions in the 1610.6 - 1613.8 MHz band, the licensee is not required to coordinate operations with the NRC.

10. Annual Reports

Iridium must submit an annual report for each year of operation, including:

  1. a statement indicating continued compliance with all licence conditions;
  2. an update on the provision of mobile satellite service, including the relative growth of the services provided; and
  3. an update on the spectrum used, and the number of fixed and mobile subscriber earth stations operating within Canada;
  4. a statement indicating the annual gross operating revenues from the provision of wireless services in Canada and the annual adjusted gross revenues resulting from the use of this licence, as defined in condition 5;
  5. when applicable, a report and the description of research and development expenditures as set out in condition 5, signed by a duly authorized officer of Iridium. Industry Canada may request an audited statement of research and development expenditures with an accompanying auditor’s report at its discretion; and,
  6. if Iridium is claiming an exemption based on, having less than $1 billion in annual gross operating revenues as defined in condition 5, Iridium must provide supporting financial statements duly authorized by an officer of Iridium;
  7. a statement on progress towards lowering interfering emissions from Iridium space stations into the 1610.6 – 1613.8 MHz radioastronomy band.

All reports and statements must be submitted in electronic format by March 31st of each year to the Manager, Satellite Authorization Policy, Space Services, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch at Confidential information provided will be treated in accordance with subsection 20(1) of the Access to Information Act.

11. Licence Fees

Iridium must pay the applicable annual authorization fees on or before March 31st of each year.

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