Licensing Framework for the Auction for Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and other Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range

1. Introduction

1.1 Intent

This document entitled Licensing Framework for the Auction for Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and other Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range (DGRB-011-07) serves as a companion document to the Policy Framework for the Auction for Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and other Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range (DGTP-007-07) released (AWS Policy Framework). This document elaborates auction application procedures, licensing parameters, technical considerations, bidder application and timing for next steps such as a mock auction for bidder familiarization.

1.2 Background

In October 2003, Industry Canada released a consultation paper entitled Consultation on Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and Review of the Mobile Spectrum Cap Policy (Gazette Notice DGTP-007-03). The paper initiated the public consultation to open new spectrum in the 1710-2200 MHz range for AWS, with high mobility service capability as a main component. There was also a proposal made to expand the existing licensed PCS band.

On February 16, 2007, the Department announced in Canada Gazette notice DGTP-002-07, the release of a paper entitled Consultation on a Framework to Auction Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range including Advanced Wireless Services. Part I outlined allocation changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations for bands in the 1710-2200 MHz range, designated spectrum for AWS, expanded the 1900 MHz PCS licensed bands, and finalized the allocation changes for the band 1670-1675 MHz. Part II of the paper initiated consultation on policy issues and the process for the selection of licences for exclusive access to spectrum bands in service areas across Canada. In response to that consultation, 60 comments and reply comments were received from interested parties by the closing date of July 27, 2007.

On November 28, 2007, the Department released the Policy Framework for the Auction for Spectrum Licences for Advanced Wireless Services and other Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range (DGTP-007-07). In establishing the AWS Policy Framework, consideration was given to the comments received, the spectrum being auctioned, the current state of the Canadian wireless market and the broader telecommunications market in which wireless is an increasingly important segment. The decisions made in the AWS Policy Framework are final and form the policy basis for the auction.

The Department released its Consultation on the Proposed Conditions of Licence to Mandate Roaming and Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements (DGRB-010-07) which addressed specific conditions of licence for current licensees with respect to the implementation of measures from the AWS Policy Framework. The consultation proposed new wording of the conditions of licence, and provisions on the operative conditions such as dispute resolution mechanisms and time frames relating to mandatory antenna tower and site sharing and mandated roaming. Following the close of the supplementary consultation, the final conditions of licence will be made public so that all those affected are aware of the changes prior to the deadline for auction applications.

The Department intends to move quickly to ensure there are no delays in the auction, which is expected to be held May 27, 2008. Details on the rules and procedures of the licensing process for the auction are laid out in the remainder of this document.

The Department makes no representations or warranties about the use of this spectrum for particular services. Applicants should be aware that this auction represents an opportunity to become a licensee, subject to certain conditions and regulations. An Industry Canada auction does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of any particular service, technology or product, nor does a spectrum licence constitute a guarantee of business success. Applicants should perform their individual due diligence before proceeding as they would with any new business venture.

Departmental documents cited herein are available on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

All enquiries should be addressed to:

Name: Howard Chatterton
Title:AWS Auction Manager
Address:Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street, 15th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8
Telephone: 613-990-8881
Fax: 613-991-3514
email: ic.spectrumauctions-encheresduspectre.ic@canada.ca


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