Archived—Gazette Notice No. DGRB-008-07
Department of Industry
Notice No. DGRB-008-07 - Available Personal Communications Services (PCS) Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range
The Department wishes to inform interested parties of the availability of Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum in various markets located in Canada.
PCS spectrum currently available for licensing is listed in Appendix 1 of this notice. This appendix will be updated regularly, and interested parties are encouraged to view the latest update on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.
In December 1995, the Minister of Industry awarded PCS licences to 14 companies following a comparative licensing process: two national 30 MHz licences to two companies; a national 10 MHz licence to another company; and a national 10 MHz licence to 11 regional shareholders of one company for operation within their territories. A number of the available licences were not awarded at that time and some of the 10 MHz regional licences have been returned to the Department.
In January 2001, the Department held an auction for PCS blocks C1, C2, C3 and E. While 52 spectrum licences were awarded using this process, PCS spectrum in a number of service areas was still available at the conclusion of the auction.
In November 2003, and again in July 2005, the Department issued Canada Gazette notices to inform interested parties that it intended to license available PCS spectrum. While some spectrum was licensed via these processes, some spectrum is still available in a few areas of the country.
The Department will use the first-come, first-served (FCFS) process to assign all remaining PCS spectrum. While not expected, should mutually exclusive applications be received, the Department will undertake the necessary process to resolve the issue, which could include providing all parties access, or a competitive licensing process. Licences are subject to the fees established in Canada Gazette notice DGRB-005-03, available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08105.html. Fees for cellular and PCS licences are based on the amount of spectrum assigned (i.e. number of MHz) and the total population of the service area. Further information on the licence fees for cellular and PCS licences can be found in CPC-2-1-10, Spectrum Licence Fee Calculations for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS) at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01291.html.
Where a licensee intends to operate as a radiocommunication carrier, the entity must meet the eligibility requirements described in subsection 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations and, as such, must meet the related ownership and control requirements (refer to CPC-2-0-15 at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01763.html). Furthermore, licence conditions similar to those applicable to the licences awarded through the 2 GHz PCS auction will also apply to any licence issued using the FCFS process. These licence conditions are available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf02092.html#licenceconditions.
Interested parties are asked to contact their local Industry Canada office in order to submit an application. For a full listing which includes district offices, see RIC-66 at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01742.html.
4th Floor, Unit 103
1045 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick
5 Place Ville-Marie
151 Yonge Street
400 St. Mary Avenue
Library Square, Room 2000
300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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 versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed on the Canada Gazette website at: www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/index-eng.html. Printed copies of the notices can be ordered by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.
August 16, 2007
Michael D. Connolly
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
The current listing of all available PCS spectrum can be found on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.
A description of each service area can be found under the Service Areas for Competitive Licensing, at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01627.html.
|Area||Descriptive Name||Population||Frequency||Spectrum Block||MHz||Annual Fee (Note 1)|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187,081||A||PCS C1||10||$65,710|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187,081||B||PCS C2||10||$65,710|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187,081||C||PCS C3||10||$65,710|
|Prairie and Northern Region|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92,707||Note 2||PCS C1||5||$16,281|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92,707||B||PCS C2||10||$32,562|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92,707||C||PCS C3||10||$32,562|
The minimum yearly fee is $1,000. If the licence is issued after April, it will be prorated for the month when it occurs.
Only the 1897.5-1900/1977.5-1980 MHz portion of block C1 is available in market area 2-14.
Frequency A: Block C1 1895-1900/1975-1980 MHz
Frequency B: Block C2 1900-1905/1980-1985 MHz
Frequency C: Block C3 1905-1910/1985-1990 MHz
Frequency D: Block E 1885-1890/1965-1970 MHz
Frequency F: Block B3 1880-1985/1960-1965 MHz
Frequency G: Block D 1865-1870/1945-1950 MHz
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