SP 1-3 GHz — Amendments to the Microwave Spectrum Utilization Policies in the 1–3 GHz Frequency Range

Annex 2

Spectrum and Licensing Policy Provisions for the Band 1990-2285 MHz


1.0 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.

2.0 Fixed system use:

  • 2025-2110 MHz Point-to-Point Systems (Low and Medium Capacity) and TV-pickups
  • 2200-2285 MHz Point-to-Point Systems (Low and Medium Capacity)

3.0 The moratorium identified through Gazette Notice DGTP-002-95 in January 1995 by Industry Canada on the licensing of new fixed microwave stations in the bands 1990-2010 MHz and 2110-2200 MHz remains in effect. Modifications and/or extensions of existing systems may be permitted on a non-standard case-by-case basis. In August 1997, Industry Canada also issued a moratorium on the licensing of new fixed microwave stations through the 2010-2025 MHz band in Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-006-97.

4.0 The provisions of the Geographical Differences Policy (GDP) Guideline in SP 1-20 GHz apply.

5.0 Existing fixed systems operating in the 1990-2025 MHz and 2160-2200 MHz bands are protected as standard systems, subject to the spectrum transition policy, to accommodate MSS in these bands.

6.0 In uncongested rural and remote areas, subscriber radio systems may be authorized under the GDP Guideline in the 2025-2110 MHz and 2200-2285 MHz bands.

7.0 Preference will normally be given to TV-pickup implementations within urban areas. Outside of urban areas, access to the spectrum will be on a first-come, first-served basis, although Industry Canada will monitor the deployment of radio systems to ensure adequate access for foreseen requirements of TV-pickups. Considerations for sharing the spectrum can be developed with industry and be included in the determination of urban areas. The precise definition of individual urban areas and spectrum requirements will be managed by the Department on a regional basis.


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