SP 1-20 GHz — Revisions to Microwave Spectrum Utilization Policies in the Range of 1‑20 GHz

1700 - 2010 MHz

*license-exempt PCS

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations. This includes the relative status of the fixed and mobile services near 2 GHz.
  2. Fixed Service Use: 1700–1850 MHz Low Capacity Systems
  3. In Gazette Notice DGTP-006-94, issued November 5, 1994, Industry Canada announced that effective immediately there is a moratorium on the licensing of new fixed microwave applications in the 1850–1990 MHz band.
  4. Effective immediately, there is a moratorium on the licensing of new fixed microwave stations in the 1990–2010 MHz range due to future implementation of mobile satellite services. On a case by case basis modifications and/or extensions to existing systems may be permitted.
  5. A spectrum transition policy will govern the displacement of existing fixed systems from sub-bands required for PCS in the 1850–1990 MHz band to other frequencies in the 2 GHz band or to other bands. The public consultations on the development of this transition policy is currently under way (DGTP-006-94). In general, fixed systems affected by PCS using the band 1850–1900 MHz may be transferred to the band 1700- 1850 MHz, and fixed systems affected by PCS using the 1900–1990 MHz band may be transferred to the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands. Early in the process, Industry Canada will normally give frequency assignment priority to fixed stations which are to be transferred outside the 1850–1990 MHz band. In addition, higher priority of frequency assignment will generally be given to newer stations.
  6. Existing analog systems which meet the requirements of SRSP 301.71 (Issue 3) are protected as standard systems, subject to the spectrum transition policy to accommodate PCS in the 1850–1990 MHz band. This would include analog systems that have been re-tuned as a result of the introduction of PCS stations in the 1850–1900 MHz band.
  7. In moderately or highly congested areas the provisions of the Geographical Differences Policy Guideline which apply in the 1700–1850 MHz band are as follows:
    1. any system cross-section shall not exceed 21 MHz in each direction;
    2. for systems requiring four frequency plans, any system cross-section shall not exceed 10.5 MHz in each direction.
  8. In rural and remote uncongested areas, Subscriber Radio Systems may be authorized in the 1710–1850 MHz band under the Geographical Differences Policy Guideline.
  9. Studio to Transmitter Links (STLs) for aural broadcasting using digital techniques will be considered as LC systems.
  10. In the band 1700–1710 MHz, fixed stations may be required to coordinate with earth stations in the meteorological-satellite service.
  11. The band 1700–1850 MHz may be subject to a future policy review to determine if the band is required for other uses after the year 2000.

2010 - 2300 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations. This includes the relative status of the fixed and mobile services near 2 GHz. Further public consultation will determine the implementation of additional radio services in the band 2110–2200 MHz such as PCS in the mobile service and mobile satellite service.
  2. Fixed System Use:
    2010–2110 MHz Medium Capacity Systems
    2200–2300 MHz Medium Capacity Systems
  3. Effective immediately, a moratorium exists on the licensing of new fixed microwave stations in the 2110–2200 MHz band. On a case-by-case basis modifications and/or extensions of existing systems may be permitted on a non standard basis.
  4. No new systems using a 29 MHz wide RF channel will be authorized except under the provisions of the Geographical Differences Policy Guideline.
  5. For new systems, the inequality in the number of go and return fixed service channels shall not exceed 25% of the total.
  6. Existing fixed systems operating in the 1900–2290 MHz band but outside the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands are protected as standard systems, subject to the spectrum transition policy to accommodate PCS in the 1850–1990 MHz band, if they comply with the SP and SRSP in effect in 1992. Any existing fixed system operating in the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands will become non-standard and subject to the provisions of the 2 year and 5 year rule of SP-GEN if they do not meet the requirements of the new SP and SRSP of these bands.
  7. In moderately or highly congested areas the provisions of Geographical Differences Policy Guideline which apply in the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands are as follows:
    1. any fixed system cross-section shall not exceed 30 MHz in each direction;
    2. four frequency plans shall not be authorized.
  8. In uncongested rural and remote areas Low Capacity systems or Subscriber Radio Systems may be authorized under the Geographical Differences Policy Guideline in the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands.
  9. In the band 2290–2300 MHz, existing fixed systems operating under SRSP 302.2, Issue 1 may continue to operate on a standard basis.

2300 - 2690 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
  2. Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) to provide efficient bidirectional transmissions or broadband wireless access to subscribers for multi-media applications such as video (e.g. instructional TV, video conferencing), image, data, text may operate in the band 2500–2596 MHz on a standard basis.
  3. Fixed Service Use:
    2290–2360 MHz Low Capacity Systems, SRS
    2520–2590 MHz Low Capacity Systems, SRS
    2500–2596 MHz MCS (Low Capacity)
    2400–2483.5 MHz TV Pick-ups
    2500–2690 MHz TV Pick-ups
    2596–2686 MHz Multipoint Distribution Systems (Broadcasting)
  4. Use of the 2520–2590 MHz band for LC and SRS systems within 80 km of the Canada-U.S. border is subject to the coordination sharing arrangement between Canada and the United States.
  5. In moderately or highly congested areas the provisions of the Geographical Differences Policy Guideline which apply in the 2290–2360 MHz and 2520–2590 MHz bands are as follows:
    1. any new system cross-section shall not exceed 15 MHz in each direction, including protection channels;
    2. four frequency plans shall not be authorized.
  6. The 2400–2483.5 MHz and 2500–2690 MHz bands may be used for TV Pick-ups on a temporary, per-event coordination (resulting in no unacceptable interference) basis. This use will not prevent the permanent assignment of frequencies to other standard systems except in areas where a consistently high demand for TV pick-up channels would warrant measures to ensure adequate spectrum is available for this type of application, as determined by the Regional Director General. The band 2520–2590 MHz may be used for TV pick-up only if suitable spectrum is not available in the 2400–2483.5 MHz, 2500–2520 MHz and 2590–2690 MHz bands.
  7. Existing fixed systems which conform to the SRSP 302.2 (Issue 1) may continue to operate on a standard basis.
  8. SRS may be limited to areas outside major metropolitan areas and are not permitted in the 2290–2300 MHz band except where specified in the spectrum utilization policies for the 2010–2300 MHz band.
  9. The 2483.5-2500 MHz band is available for mobile-satellite systems subject to licensing and regulatory considerations and coordination procedures.
  10. The mobile use of the bands 2300–2360 MHz and 2400–2483.5 MHz is limited to telemetry and is restricted to the Government of Canada. Mobile telemetry operations shall be coordinated with fixed service systems.
  11. See SP 2500 MHz (Nov. 1991 edition) for spectrum policies regarding Multipoint Distribution Systems (MDS) in the band 2596–2686 MHz. As the bands 2500–2520 MHz and 2670–2690 MHz have been also allocated to mobile-satellite service (MSS) on an international basis, effective 2005, some public consultation may be necessary to make modifications to this spectrum, if MSS were to be implemented in Canada in these bands.
  12. The band 2400–2500 MHz includes license-exempt low power radio devices, and industrial, scientific and medical radio frequency devices. Microwave ovens operate in this band and may be a source of interference in populated areas.

3500 - 4200 MHz

* 3700-4200 MHz is paired with 5925-6425 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
  2. Fixed Service Use:
    3500–4200 MHz High Capacity Systems,
    3500–3700 MHz Medium Capacity Systems
    (Subject to certain limitations in coastal areas)
  3. In the band 3500–3700 MHz, Medium Capacity systems shall carry a minimum of 1 DS-3 per RF channel.
  4. In the band 3500–4200 MHz, High Capacity systems shall carry a minimum of 2 DS-3 per RF channel.
  5. New High Capacity systems in the band 3700–4200 MHz must justify a traffic growth to at least 9 DS-3. The inequality in the number of go and return channels shall not exceed 25% of the total number of go and return channels.
  6. Any High Capacity system cross-section may use and begin growth in the band 3500–3700 MHz only when it is demonstrated that sufficient spectrum for forecasted growth is not available in the band 3700–4200 MHz.
  7. No new analog frequency assignments; existing analog transmissions carrying video traffic may continue to operate until this traffic is converted to digital.
  8. The band 3700–4200 MHz is shared with receiving earth stations in the fixed-satellite service, including a large number of license-exempt Television Receive Only (TVRO) stations.
  9. Emissions from radars operating below 3500 MHz may cause interference in the lower parts of this band in some coastal areas.

4400 - 5000 MHz

* 4500-4800 MHz is paired with 6725-7025 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
  2. Fixed Service Use:
    4545–4705 MHz High Capacity Systems
    4735–4895 MHz High Capacity Systems
  3. In the 4545–4705 MHz and 4735–4895 MHz bands, High Capacity systems shall carry a minimum of 2 DS-3 per RF channel. These systems are not limited to branching and spur routes.
  4. The fixed use of the spectrum range 4400–5000 MHz is limited to digital transmissions, except for the bands 4460–4540 MHz and 4900–4990 MHz.
  5. Emissions from airborne radar altimeters operating below 4400 MHz may cause interference in the lower parts of this band.
  6. The Geographical Differences Policy Guideline applies to fixed systems in 4545–4705 MHz and 4735–4895 MHz bands.
  7. Fixed service use of the 4540–4900 MHz band is subject to the Canada/U.S. sharing arrangement contained in SP 4400, Annex 2.

5850–6425 MHz

*3700–4200 MHz is paired with 5925–6425 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
  2. Fixed Service Use:
    5850–5915 MHz Low and Medium Capacity Systems
    5915–6425 MHz High Capacity
  3. In the band 5915–6425 MHz, High Capacity systems shall carry a minimum of 2 DS-3 per RF channel.
  4. New High Capacity systems in the 5915–6425 MHz band must justify a growth to at least 9 DS-3. The inequality in the number of go and return channels shall not exceed 25% of the total number of go and return channels.
  5. High Capacity systems which are expansions of systems in 5915–6425 MHz may use 6425–6930 MHz under the conditions established for the band 5915–6425 MHz, provided channels are not available in the 5915–6425 MHz band.
  6. Any High Capacity system cross-section using the 5915–6425 MHz band may use and begin growth in the band 6425–6930 MHz after it is determined that additional growth in the 5915–6425 MHz band is not possible.
  7. No new analog frequency assignments; existing analog channels now carrying video may continue to operate only until the existing video traffic is converted to digital.
  8. In the 5850–5915 MHz band, High Capacity fixed systems will be permitted on a case-by-case basis where additional channels are required to facilitate overbuilds of systems operating in the 5915–6425 MHz band.

6425 - 7125 MHz

* 6725–7025 MHz is paired with 4500–4800 MHz

  1. A full description of the relationship between bands and services, as contained in related international and domestic footnotes, can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
  2. Fixed Service Use:
    6425–6930 MHz Medium and High Capacity Systems,
    Studio-Transmitter Links (STL)
    6930–7125 MHz TV Pick-ups
  3. The band 6425–6930 MHz may also be used for video STLs, which are limited to a maximum of 4 channel-hops. It is anticipated that video STL applications will evolve to digital technology, consequently, these systems may use the point-to-point system channels as per any digital fixed system.
  4. High Capacity systems which are expansions of systems in 5915–6425 MHz band may use 6425–6930 MHz under the conditions established for the band 5915–6425 MHz, provided channels are not available in the 5915–6425 MHz band.
  5. New High Capacity systems which require growth of 9 DS-3 or more shall use the 6425–6930 MHz band only where channels are not available in the 5915–6425 MHz band to meet the traffic requirements of the system.
  6. In the band 6425–6930 MHz, High Capacity systems requiring 2 or more traffic channels shall use the lowest available frequency channel pairs, while systems requiring a single traffic channel shall use the highest available channel pair.
  7. In general, pre-allotted frequencies for TV-Pick-ups will no longer be identified in the band 6930–7125 MHz.
  8. TV-Pick-ups are limited to an EIRP of 47 dBW.

"Revision, Issued January 18, 1997
Gazette Notice DGTP-001-97/SME-001-97"


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