Archived — Call for Applications to License Satellite Orbital Positions

July 2006

This paper, announced in the Canada Gazette on July 15, 2006 in Gazette notice DGRB-001-06, commences a comparative licensing process to facilitate the timely development and operation of satellites using specific frequency bands at several positions.

Clarification Questions
August 2006


Related Documents

RP-002 Policy for the Use of the Geostationary-Satellite Orbit by Canadian Satellite Networks

RP-008 Policy Framework for the Provision of Fixed Satellite Services


Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-001-06 — Call for Applications to License Satellite Orbital Positions

This notice announces the release of a paper, under the above title, and commences a comparative licensing process to facilitate the timely development and operation of satellite space stations using specific frequency bands at several orbital positions. Interested parties are invited to submit applications to Industry Canada for utilizing these resources.

Industry Canada has received applications from several parties indicating interest in developing Canadian satellites using the orbital positions and frequency bands being offered in this process. Given this and other potential interest, and in accordance with the Policy Framework for the Provision of Fixed Satellite Services (RP-008) issued in 1998 and revised in September 2005, and the Guidelines on the Licensing Process and Spectrum Release Plan (2001 Edition) (RP-020), Industry Canada is now issuing a Call for Applications to License Satellite Orbital Positions.

The Call for Applications invites applications for the use of various bands of fixed and broadcasting satellite spectrum at several different satellite orbital positions. The orbital positions and spectrum being made available are considered valuable resources for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications. This satellite licensing initiative provides an opportunity for the Canadian broadcasting and satellite industry to invest in additional satellite facilities that will serve to meet Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications requirements for capacity, promote economic growth in Canada, and offer the Canadian satellite industry an opportunity to participate in the North American satellite capacity market and beyond.

Owing to the importance of these resources for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications, Canadian satellite users will be provided an opportunity in this satellite licensing process to participate directly. Prospective applicants in this process are encouraged to consult with Canadian satellite users in the development of their satellite plans and applications. Applicants are also required, as part of their applications, to provide their plans for providing capacity to satisfy Canadian requirements. These plans will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website for public comment. All comments will be taken into consideration when the Department evaluates the applications received.

Submitting Applications

Instructions for the submission of applications, as well as submission requirements and associated deadlines, are included in the Call for Applications.

Obtaining Copies

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

Official printed copies of Gazette notices can be obtained from the Canada Gazette website 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.

July 7, 2006

________________________________
Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunication and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Application and Licensing Processes
    2.1  Application Process
    2.2  Selection and Licensing
  3. Canadian Satellite Users
    3.1  Satellite User Registration
    3.2  Commenting on Canadian Satellite Capacity and Services Plans
    3.3  Applicant Responses to Comments
  4. Spectrum and Orbital Resources Available
    4.1  Spectrum and Orbital Resources Currently in Use
  5. Spectrum Utilization Policy
    5.1  Spectrum Allocation
    5.2  Spectrum Utilization Policy
    5.3  Frequency Coordination Requirements
  6. Satellite Policy Objectives and Requirements, and Application Information Requirements and Selection Process
    6.1  Satellite Policy Objectives
    6.2  Important Satellite Requirements
    6.3  Application Information Requirements and Selection Process
    6.4  Evaluation Criteria and Associated Information Requirements
  7. Post-selection Procedures and Additional Information Requirements
    7.1  Approval in principle
    7.2  Implementation Milestones and Information Requirements
    7.3  Authorizations
    7.4  CRTC Regulation
    7.5  Conditions of Licence
  8. Procedural Matters
    8.1  Clarification Questions
    8.2  Satellite User Registrations
    8.3  Submitting Applications
    8.4  Submitting Comments on Canadian Satellite Capacity and Services Plans
    8.5  Deadlines
    8.6  Public Access to Documents
    8.7  Related Documents
    8.8  Departmental Address/Contact

Appendix A — Canadian Satellite User Registration Form

Appendix B — Access to and Utilization of the Band 13.75–14 GHz

Appendix C — Overview of the International Regulatory Framework for Canadian Satellites in the North American Context

Appendix D — Declaration of Ownership and Control

Appendix E — Information Required for Demonstrating Compliance with Ownership and Control Requirements as Described in Section 7.2.1


Call for Applications to Licence Satellite Orbital Positions
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1.  Introduction

This paper, announced in the Canada Gazette on July 15, 2006 in Gazette notice DGRB-001-06, commences a comparative licensing process to facilitate the timely development and operation of satellites using specific frequency bands at several positions.

Industry Canada has received applications from Ciel Satellite Communications Inc., Telesat Canada, Eutelsat Inc. and Bell ExpressVu LP indicating their interest in developing Canadian satellites using the positions and frequency bands made available in this process. Given this and other potential interest, and in accordance with Industry Canada's Policy Framework for the Provision of Fixed Satellite Services issued in 1998 and revised in September 2005 (RP-008) and the Guidelines on the Licensing Process and Spectrum Release Plan (2001 Edition) (RP-020), Industry Canada is now issuing this Call for Applications to License Satellite Orbital Positions.

This Call for Applications invites applications for licences that include various bands of fixed and broadcasting satellite spectrum at several different satellite orbital positions. The orbital positions and spectrum being made available are considered valuable resources for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications. This satellite licensing initiative provides an opportunity for the Canadian broadcasting and satellite industry to invest in additional satellite facilities that will serve to meet Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications requirements for capacity, promote economic growth in Canada, and offer the Canadian satellite industry an opportunity to participate in the North American satellite capacity market and beyond.

Owing to the importance of these resources for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications, Canadian satellite users will be provided an opportunity in this satellite licensing process to participate directly. These users will be able to register with the Department, indicating their interest in talking to potential applicants concerning their requirements for capacity. Their registrations will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.1 Accordingly, applicants in this process are encouraged to consult with Canadian satellite users in the development of their satellite plans and applications. Applicants are also required, as part of their applications, to provide their plans for providing capacity to satisfy Canadian requirements. The Department will post these plans on the website for public comment. Comments will also be posted and applicants will be provided an opportunity to respond to them. All these comments will then be taken into consideration in the assessment of the applications received.

Access to the orbital positions and spectrum described in this Call for Applications is available through the international satellite coordination procedures prescribed in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations. Canada has taken steps in these international procedures to be in the best possible position to achieve access to spectrum and orbital resources. Under the ITU regulatory regime, access to spectrum and orbital resources also requires that satellites be brought into use within specified time frames.


1Any material referred to as being "posted on the website", throughout this document, can be found on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/satelliteservices.

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