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

7125 - 7725 MHz

*Article 14, ITU Radio Regulations

  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:
    7125–7250 MHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
    7300–7725 MHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
  3. Fixed service assignments in this band may accommodate a variety of point-to-point fixed systems including systems carrying critical telemetry, control and protection circuits, to support power distribution grids of the electrical utilities.
  4. Existing systems which comply to SRSP 307.1 (Issue 3) may continue to operate as standard until January 1, 1999. After this date these systems will be subject to the 2/5 year rule contained in the SP-Gen.
  5. Two 30 MHz channel pairs will be identified in the Standard Radio System Plan (SRSP) for the exclusive use by electric utilities. Other channelling arrangements may overlap the two 30 MHz channel pairs, however, the overlapping channels should only be used where other channels are not available.
    "Revision, Issued January 18, 1997
    Gazette Notice DGTP-001-97/SME-001-97"
  6. In moderately and highly congested areas the provisions of the Geographical Differences Policy guideline which apply in the 7125–7725 MHz band are as follows:
    • four frequency plans or frequency diversity will not be permitted except, on a case-by-case basis, where the system(s) is providing critical telemetry, control and protection circuits for the electric power distribution grid.
  7. Low Capacity systems may carry less than 1 DS-1 per RF channel.

7725 - 8275 MHz

*Article 14, ITU Radio Regulations

  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:
    7725–7975 MHz Medium and High Capacity Systems
    8025–8275 MHz Medium and High Capacity Systems

8275 - 8500 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: 8275–8500 MHz Low Capacity (Video) Systems, Medium Capacity (Video) Systems
  3. Existing analogue systems may continue to operate and expand.
  4. Single hop systems are permitted on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the spectrum requirements of the multihop video systems.

10.5 - 10.68 GHz

  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:
    10.5-10.68 GHz Low Capacity Systems, MCS (Low Capacity)
  3. System capacities less than the DS-1 rate are permitted.
  4. There is possible interference from low power devices for speed measuring operating at 10.525 GHz.

10.7 - 11.7 GHz

* 10.7-10.95/11.2-11.45 GHz are paired with 12.75-13.25 GHz; and 11.45-11.7 GHz is paired with 13.75-14.0 GHz.

  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:
    10.7-11.7 GHz Medium and High Capacity Systems
  3. Low Capacity systems may have access to the spectrum in the 10.95-11.45 GHz band. This access is limited to a maximum of 80 MHz, 40 MHz in each direction.
  4. The band 10.7-10.95 GHz may be used for feeder links (space-to-Earth) from mobilesatellite space stations within specific sub-bands.
  5. No new analog systems will be permitted.

12.7 - 13.25 GHz

* 12.75-13.25 GHz is paired with 10.7-10.95/11.2-11.45 GHz

  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: 12.7-13.25 GHz Very High Capacity Microwave (VHCM), TV STL, TV Pick-up.
  3. The first use of the fixed-satellite service in this band is foreseen in 13.0-13.15 GHz and 13.2-13.25 GHz for mobile satellite feeder links.
  4. The use of this band by the fixed-satellite service or by any other fixed systems shall not prevent the use of these frequencies by existing or formally proposed VHCM stations used in conjunction with CATV systems, except as otherwise agreed.
  5. TV Pick-ups shall not exceed an EIRP of 45 dBW.

14.5 - 15.35 GHz

  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:
    14.5-15.35 GHz Low and Medium Capacity Systems
  3. Existing systems, which have been licensed previously as 'standard' may continue to operate with protection afforded to standard systems, until the equipment is retired. VHCM systems, previously licensed as standard, are eligible to expand under their original channelling arrangement.
  4. The Government of Canada may operate fixed stations in specific sub-bands on a coordinated basis which may have transmission parameters different from those specified in the SRSP.
  5. It should be noted that the band 14.7145-15.1365 is used by aeronautical mobile in the US, which can be difficult to coordinate.
  6. The band 14.875-14.975 GHz is available for TV Pick-ups.

17.7 - 19.7 GHz

  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:
    17.7-18.14 GHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
    19.26-19.7 GHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
    18.14-18.58 GHz Local MCS (e.g. video, data/text, voice), VHCM, TV STL, TV Pick-up
    18.58-19.26 GHz Low and Medium Capacity Systems, MCS (Low Capacity)
  3. Users of the band 17.7-17.8 GHz for fixed systems will be able to operate until at least 1 April 2007. After that date, such systems may be required to retune to other portions of the 17.7-18.14 GHz and 19.26-19.7 GHz band.

21.2 - 23.6 GHz

  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:
    21.8-22.4 GHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
    23.0-23.6 GHz Low, Medium and High Capacity Systems
  3. The policy for the use of the 21.2-21.8 GHz and 22.4-23.0 GHz for fixed service is the subject of a policy review which includes other higher frequency bands.

3.0 Implementation

It is suggested that applicants contact the nearest office of Industry Canada regarding radio licensing in the bands covered in this policy document. General inquiries about the policy provisions contained in this document may be addressed to the Spectrum and Orbit Policy Directorate, Telecommunications Policy Branch, 300 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8 (Phone: 613-998-4470/3974) (Fax: 613-952-0567).

Issued under the authority of the Radiocommunication Act

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch


Annex A — Excerpt of changes by the FCC to Part 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations

Section 21.710 Limitations on path lengths …

(a) The distance between end points of a fixed link must equal or exceed the value set forth in the table below or the EIRP must be reduced in accordance with the equation set forth below

Limitations on path lengths
Frequency Band (MHz) Minimum path length (km)
Below 1,850 n/a
1,850 to 7,125 17
10,550 to 13,250 5
Above 17,700 n/a

(b) For paths shorter than those specified in the Table, the EIRP shall not exceed the value derived from the following equation.

EIRP = 30 - 20 1og[A/B], dBW

Where:

EIRP = Equivalent isotropic radiated power in dBW.
A = Minimum path length from the Table for the frequency band in kilometres.
B = The actual path length in kilometres.

Note: Automatic transmit power control may be used to meet this requirement up to a 3 dB increase in EIRP.


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