Archived — Decision on Consultation SMSE-008-08 — Proposed Revisions to the Technical Requirements for Fixed Service in the Bands 1700-1710 MHz and 1780-1850 MHz

December 12, 2008

In June 2008, Industry Canada released Consultation SMSE-008-08, which sought comments on proposals to revise the band plan for fixed line-of-sight radio systems operating in the bands 1700-1710 MHz and 1780-1850 MHz, including provisions enabling the use of the frequency band 1800-1830 MHz for systems for the operation, maintenance and management of the electricity supply.

Following the close of this consultation and based on its analysis of the Comments Received, Industry Canada has decided to amend SRSP 301.7, Technical Requirements for the Fixed Line-of-Sight Radio Systems Operating in the Band 1700-1850 MHz, which contains the technical requirements applicable to systems throughout these bands, as follows:

  • New technical rules will be developed in the 1800-1830 MHz band for radio systems carrying traffic exclusively for the maintenance and management of the electricity supply.
  • Low-capacity and very low-capacity systems, including one-way systems and systems for the management of electricity, shall continue to be licensed on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the 1780-1850 MHz band.
  • Fixed radio systems other than systems for the management of the electricity supply shall be assigned first in the 1780-1800 MHz and 1830-1850 MHz blocks. If these blocks are not available due to congestion, licensing will also be considered in the 1800-1830 MHz block.
  • One-way point-to-point systems, such as studio-transmitter links, shall be licensed first in the 1700-1710 MHz block. If this block is not available due to congestion, licensing will also be considered in the rest of the 1780-1850 MHz band.

The Department will revise SRSP 301.7 accordingly, in consultation with the industry through the Radio Advisory Board of Canada.

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Marc Dupuis
Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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