Archived—Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations 9 kHz to 275 GHz (2005 Edition)

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Released May 2005
Amended January 2006
Amended February 2007

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Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations 9 kHz to 275 GHz (2005 Edition)

(Incorporating Decisions of the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference)

Amendments:

  • New footnote C13A added to recognize the use of spectrum for satellite radio services in Canada (DGTP-010-05) — January 2006
  • New footnote C11 added and allocation changes made consequential to Proposals and Changes to the Spectrum in Certain Bands Below 1.7 GHz (DGTP-004-05) — January 2006
  • New footnote 5.388A added and allocation changes made consequential to Consultation on a Framework to Auction Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range including Advanced Wireless Services (DGTP-002-07) — February 2007

Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-002-05 — Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

This Notice announces the release of the revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations. Proposals to amend the Canadian Table were made in Gazette Notice DGTP-012-04, dated December 4, 2004, based on most of the decisions adopted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at the World Radio Conference 2003 (WRC-2003).

The Canadian Table allocates frequency bands to radio services within the scope of the International Table and as required to meet Canadian needs. Canadian footnotes provide the particular provisions and conditions for use of those radio services in Canada.

The Department has, or will, initiate separate public consultations on domestic allocations in several frequency bands. Allocation decisions will be announced in due course. These bands include:

  • 216–222 MHz;
  • 1710–2200 MHz; and
  • 3650–3700 MHz.

With the exception of the above allocation proceedings under way, the revisions incorporated into the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations reflect the results of the consultation on the WRC-2003 decisions.

Obtaining Copies

Copies of this notice and the revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home?OpenDocument.

Official printed copies of Canada 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.

May 14, 2005

Larry Shaw
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch


The revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations is available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at the following address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home?OpenDocument.

Spectrum and Radio Policy
Telecommunications Policy Branch
Room 1610A, 300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada
K1A 0C8


Foreword

The Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations assigns the electromagnetic spectrum between 9 kHz and 275 GHz (275–400 GHz is unallocated at this time) and establishes the frequency allocations available for radio services in Canada. The Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations is based on the provisions of the Final Acts resulting from the various World Radio Conferences (WRC), including the WRC 2003, convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

This update does not cover a number of frequency bands which are under active review for spectrum allocations. These bands include:

  • 216–222 MHz;
  • 1710–2200 MHz; and,
  • 3650–3700 MHz.

The Canadian Table and the associated general information will, from time to time, need to be revised. Such revisions occur when changes to the ITU Table are made as a result of World Radiocommunications Conferences or particular Canadian radio service requirements. The Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations reflects international changes while taking into account Canadian requirements to ensure that government, commercial and private users have full flexibility to develop new radio applications.

The Canadian Table is intended to respond to Canadian domestic spectrum requirements, and consequently reflects Industry Canada's spectrum allocation and utilization policies developed through public consultation. It should be noted, therefore, that the Canadian Table differs, where necessary, from the ITU Table.

Canadian radio systems and spectrum utilization policies set the necessary elements for the use of frequency bands and/or radio services. Spectrum policies have traditionally designated the use of a radio service to certain applications in a particular frequency band, or bands. The spectrum designations are intended to accommodate a diversity of applications and users. Examples include designating the use of a mobile radio application for public safety applications or designating a fixed allocation to point-to-multipoint systems.

In some cases the use of a band, or the use of a service in a band, is withheld pending the development of a spectrum utilization policy. In cases where no spectrum utilization policy provisions exist in a given band, and there is no footnote withholding use, spectrum access may be available on a case-by-case basis.

Spectrum utilization policies developed in recent years have given more attention to defining the relationship between co-primary services in the same band. In some cases however, spectrum utilization policy provisions exist for one service but not another co-primary service allocated in a given band. This is particularly true where the implementation of the co-primary service is infrequent. In this case, coordination and authorization of systems within the service are generally handled on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the utilization designations for the other service.

Information on the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and its interpretation with respect to various spectrum utilization policies issued by Industry Canada can best be obtained by contacting:

Director
Spectrum and Radio Policy
Telecommunications Policy Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0C8
E-mail address: wireless@ic.gc.ca