SP 2285 MHz — Revisions to the Spectrum Utilization Policy for Services in the Frequency Range 2285–2483.5 MHz

Annex

2285–2690 MHz


Legend
WCS Wireless Communication Systems
MATS Mobile Aeronautical Telemetry Systems
GOC Government of Canada
LE/ISM Licence-Exempt / Industrial, Science and Medical Devices
MCS Multipoint Communication Systems
MDS Multipoint Distribution Systems

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:

Fixed Service Use
2285–2360 MHz Moratorium on Conventional Fixed Systems
(point-to-point / subscriber radio)
2305–2320 MHz New Point-to-Multipoint (WCS) designation
2345–2360 MHz New Point-to-Multipoint (WCS) designation
2400–2483.5 MHz Licensed Exempt Systems
2500–2596 MHz Multipoint Communication Systems
2596–2686 MHz Multipoint Distribution Systems
(Broadcasting)
2686–2688 MHz Multipoint Communication Systems
(return spectrum)
2688–2690 MHz Multipoint Distribution Systems
(Broadcasting) (return spectrum)

Band 2285–2305 MHz

3. The Department will retain the moratorium on the licensing of any new fixed systems in the band 2285–2305 MHz. This band will be kept in reserve until future prospects become clearer. In the interim the Department may consider applications for innovative use of parts of the spectrum to enhance existing systems.

Band 2320–2345 MHz

4. The moratorium on the licensing of new fixed systems in the band 2320–2345 MHz will be retained. Any application to use U.S. DARS satellite capacity to provide broadcasting service in Canada would be subject to CRTC approval of the broadcasting distribution undertaking. Such an application would also be subject to Industry Canada authorization of the use of radio spectrum for DARS in Canada, taking into consideration a number of issues, including the public interest to accommodate DARS operations.

5. This band is subject to the sharing conditions of the Agreement on Coordination between U.S. Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service and Canadian Fixed Service and Mobile Aeronautical Telemetry Service in the Band 2320–2345 MHz.

Wireless Communications Systems in the Band 2305–2320/2345–2360 MHz

6. The spectrum in the bands 2305–2320 MHz and 2345–2360 MHz is re-assigned from conventional microwave radio systems (point-to-point) to Wireless Communication Service applications. A policy framework and competitive licensing process will be developed to authorize WCS systems in these bands. Licensing is anticipated in 2002.

7. Industry Canada foresees that the spectrum designated for WCS services will be used predominantly for the provision of local broadband access applications in fixed service point-to-multipoint configurations. Mobile Aeronautical Telemetry in the Band 2300–2483.5 MHz

8. The band 2360–2400 MHz is designated for aeronautical mobile telemetry service (MATS) applications. The Government of Canada has priority on the use of this spectrum. Access by others for MATS may be permitted subject to coordination with the Government of Canada systems.

9. Access to a limited number of channels (in the order of 10 MHz) will be permitted for airborne surveillance applications by federal and provincial law enforcement agencies in the band 2360–2390 MHz. Coordination is however required with the Department of National Defence MATS operations. This access may be extended to include metropolitan police forces on a case-by-case basis, noting that priority status will be given to Department of National Defence MATS operations, particularly on major military bases and vicinities. In certain areas coordination may be required with mobile telemetry and telecommand uses in the United States.

10. Where MATS does not impact the implementation of WCS and other services, it may be authorized to the Department of National Defence, on a secondary basis, on major military bases and vicinities, in the band 2300–2360 MHz. However, if required, the Department of National Defence would have to cease MATS operation upon notification from the Department of Industry. The operation of MATS in the band 2320–2345 MHz is also subject to the conditions of the Canada/U.S. agreement on coordination with U.S. DARS.

11. The mobile use of the band 2400–2483.5 MHz is limited to the Government of Canada for mobile aeronautical telemetry service, aircraft to ground, on a no-protection basis. The use of aeronautical mobile service will be restricted to Canadian military bases and vicinities to minimize interference to terrestrial systems and devices.

Fixed Incumbents in the Band 2390–2400 MHz

12. Fixed systems operating in the band 2390–2400 MHz will be afforded protection from MATS operations until July 1, 2002. After this date, fixed systems may continue to operate on a no-protection basis (from MATS operations). Fixed systems that have the potential to interfere into MATS operations will be subject to displacement within 1 year of being notified by the Department of Industry. Notices may begin to be served as early as July 1, 2001, at the request of the Department of National Defence.

Licence-Exempt Devices in the Band 2400–2483.5 MHz

13. The band 2400–2500 MHz includes licence-exempt low power radio devices, and industrial, scientific and medical radio frequency devices. Microwave ovens operating in this band may be a source of interference in populated areas.

14. Provisions have been made to facilitate the operation of licence-exempt radio devices and systems in the band 2400–2483.5 MHz at power levels consistent with those currently adopted by the FCC. After July 1, 2002, devices meeting the technical requirements of RSS-139 will no longer require a licence. (Items 15 and 16)

Fixed Incumbents/TV-Pickups in the Band 2400–2483.5 MHz

15. Fixed systems operating in the band 2400–2450 MHz will be afforded protection from other services operating in the band until July 1, 2002 to the extent possible. After this date, these systems may continue to operate on a no-protection basis and devices meeting the technical requirements of RSS-139 will no longer require a licence.

16. To the extent possible, fixed TV-pickup base station receiver will be afforded protection from other services operating in the band 2450–2483.5 MHz until July 1, 2002. After this date, TV pick-ups may continue to operate on a no-protection basis and devices meeting the technical requirements of RSS-139 will no longer require a licence.

Mobile-Satellite Systems

17. The 2483.5-2500 MHz band is available for mobile-satellite systems subject to licensing and regulatory considerations and coordination procedures. Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) in the Band 2500 MHz.

18. Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) provide efficient bidirectional transmissions or broadband wireless access to subscribers for multimedia 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.

19. Multipoint Communication Systems in the band 2500–2596 MHz are subject to the provisions outlined in DGRB-006-99, Multipoint Communications Systems in the 2500 MHz Range, Policy and Licensing Procedures.

20. Fixed incumbents in the band 2500–2596 MHz continue to follow the transition provisions outlined in DGRB-006-99, Multipoint Communications Systems in the 2500 MHz Range, Policy and Licensing Procedures.

Multipoint Distribution Systems (MDS) in the Band 2596–2686 MHz

21. A number of systems have been authorized by the CRTC as broadcasting distribution undertakings, in various regions of Canada.

Return Spectrum for MCS and MDS Systems in the Band 2686–2690 MHz

22. MCS and MDS systems can use the bands 2686–2688 MHz and 2688–2690 MHz respectively as return spectrum. Provisions for that use is outlined in DGRB-006-99, Multipoint Communications Systems in the 2500 MHz Range, Policy and Licensing Procedures.


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