Archived—Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations (2009 Edition)

1. Intent

This consultation paper, announced in Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-003-09, reviews the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations (the Canadian Table) and makes proposals for its revision, taking into account the results of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) and domestic requirements. The Canadian Tablewas last modified in May 2005, to incorporate the results of WRC-03 and previous WRCs, and implement domestic policies. Subsequent changes have been made since then to reflect changes in domestic policies.

The accompanying Canada Gazette notice invites public comments on these proposals. As well, Industry Canada welcomes any input to ensure the completeness of the Canadian Table.

2. Background

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adopts an International Table of Frequency Allocations (the International Table) as part of its Radio Regulations. This International Table allocates spectrum to various combinations of radio services and may include conditions for the use of the spectrum. Examples of the internationally defined services include broadcasting, mobile services and fixed-satellite service. The International Table is revised, along with other parts of the international Regulations, at meetings of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC), which are held on a periodic basis.

The Canadian Table is derived from the International Table adopted by the ITU. The Canadian Table contains those radio services required to meet Canadian needs, among those allocated by the ITU, including the applicable international footnotes. This domestic table also specifies, by allocation and Canadian footnote, any additional provisions for use of those services in Canada.

Industry Canada revises the Canadian Table on a periodic basis, normally following a WRC. WRC-07, which met in October/November 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland, adopted a number of changes to the frequency allocations in the International Table. The Conference dealt with issues concerning amateur, mobile, radiolocation, navigation, science, broadcasting-satellite, mobile-satellite, fixed and the fixed-satellite services. The resulting changes to the International Table necessitate consideration of several domestic issues. Also, domestic requirements for other changes to the Canadian Table have emerged, and will be addressed as well. The remainder of this document discusses these issues and makes proposals for revisions to the Canadian Table.

3. Process

The accompanying Canada Gazette notice (DGTP-003-09) invites public comment on the proposals contained in this consultation paper. Following the review of comments received, the allocation decisions will be promulgated by the issuance of a revised Canadian Table.

4. Structure of the Document

This consultation paper is divided into six sections that address the proposed changes to the Canadian Tableconsequential to the decisions made at WRC-07 and related domestic modifications.

5. Conventions Used in the Document

The proposals contained in the document are identified as modifications to the Canadian Table, last revised in February 2007. (The current version of the Canadian Table may be obtained from Industry Canada's website) For a complete understanding of these proposals, refer to the most recent International Table, as found in the revised ITU Radio Regulations, Volume 1 (Geneva 2008), Article 5 and the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) Geneva, October-November 2007.

Underlining When used in the Canadian Table, underlining proposes the addition of a radio service or footnote. It is also used in the text of Canadian footnotes to identify proposed additional text.
Strikeout When used in the Canadian Table, strikeout proposes the deletion of a radio service or footnote. It is also used in the text of Canadian footnotes to identify proposed deleted text.
MOD When used in the Canadian Table, MOD underlined proposes the addition of an international footnote modified at WRC-07.
5.XXX This is the designation format of an international footnote.
CAN XX This identifies a Canadian footnote.
MOD This indicates an international footnote modified at WRC-07 or a Canadian footnote proposed for modification. These appear in both the Canadian Table and in the lists of footnotes.
ADD This is used in a list of footnotes to indicate an international footnote created at WRC-07 or a proposed new Canadian footnote.
ADD MOD This indicates the proposed addition of an international footnote to the Canadian Table as modified at WRC-07.
SUP This is used in a list of footnotes to indicate an international footnote suppressed at WRC-07 or a Canadian footnote proposed for suppression.

6. Definitions

The following is a list of terms and definitions that are relevant to the Canadian Table. These terms and definitions are extracted from the ITU's international Radio Regulations. The Regulations should be consulted for a more comprehensive listing.

6.1 General Terms

Administration: Any governmental department or service responsible for discharging the obligations undertaken in the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union, in Convention of the International Telecommunication Union and the Administrative Regulations.

Allocation (of a frequency band): Entry in the Table of Frequency Allocations of a given frequency band for the purpose of its use by one or more terrestrial or space radiocommunication services or the radio astronomy service under specified conditions. This term also applies to the frequency band concerned.

Allotment (of a radio frequency or radio frequency channel): Entry of a designated frequency channel in an agreed plan, adopted by a competent conference, for use by one or more administrations for a terrestrial or space radiocommunication service in one or more identified countries or geographical areas and under specified conditions.

Assignment (of a radio frequency or radio frequency channel): Authorization given by an administration for a radio station to use a radio frequency or radio frequency channel under specified conditions.

Radio: A general term applied to the use of radio waves.

Radio Waves or Hertzian Waves: Electromagnetic waves of frequencies arbitrarily lower than 3 000 GHz, propagated in space without artificial guide.

Radiocommunication: Telecommunication by means of radio waves.

Terrestrial Radiocommunication: Any radiocommunication other than space radiocommunication or radio astronomy.

Space Radiocommunication: Any radiocommunication involving the use of one or more space stations or the use of one or more reflecting satellites or other objects in space.

Radiodetermination: The determination of the position, velocity and/or other characteristics of an object, or the obtaining of information relating to these parameters, by means of the propagation properties of radio waves.

Radionavigation: Radiodetermination used for the purposes of navigation, including obstruction warning.

Radiolocation: Radiodetermination used for purposes other than those of radionavigation.

Radio Direction-Finding: Radiodetermination using the reception of radio waves for the purpose of determining the direction of a station or object.

Radio Astronomy: Astronomy based on the reception of radio waves of cosmic origin.

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC):Time scale, based on the second (SI), as defined in Recommendation ITU-R TF.460-6.

For most practical purposes associated with the Radio Regulations, UTC is equivalent to mean solar time at the prime meridian (0° longitude), formerly expressed in GMT.

Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Applications (of radio frequency energy): Operation of equipment or appliances designed to generate and use locally radio frequency energy for industrial, scientific, medical, domestic or similar purposes, excluding applications in the field of telecommunications.

6.2 Radio Services

Radiocommunication Service: A service involving the transmission, emission and/or reception of radio waves for specific telecommunication purposes. Unless otherwise stated, any radiocommunication service relates to terrestrial radiocommunication.

Fixed Service (FS): A radiocommunication service between specified fixed points.

Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS): A radiocommunication service between earth stations at given positions, when one or more satellites are used; the given position may be a specified point or any fixed point within specified areas; in some cases, this service includes satellite-to-satellite links, which may also be operated in the inter-satellite service; the fixed-satellite service may also include feeder links for other space radiocommunication services.

Inter-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service providing links between artificial satellites.

Space Operation Service: A radiocommunication service concerned exclusively with the operation of spacecraft, in particular space tracking, space telemetry and space telecommand.

These functions will normally be provided within the service in which the space station is operating.

Mobile Service: A radiocommunication service between mobile and land stations, or between mobile stations.

Mobile-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service:

  • between mobile earth stations and one or more space stations, or between space stations used by this service; or
  • between mobile earth stations by means of one or more space stations.

This service may also include feeder links necessary for its operation.

Land Mobile Service: A mobile service between base stations and land mobile stations or between land mobile stations.

Land Mobile-Satellite Service: A mobile-satellite service in which mobile earth stations are located on land.

Maritime Mobile Service: A mobile service between coast stations and ship stations, or between ship stations, or between associated on-board communication stations; survival craft stations and emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations may also participate in this service.

Maritime Mobile-Satellite Service: A mobile-satellite service in which mobile earth stations are located on board ships; survival craft stations and emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations may also participate in this service.

Aeronautical Mobile Service: A mobile service between aeronautical stations, and aircraft stations, or between aircraft stations, in which survival craft stations may participate; emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations may also participate in this service on designated distress and emergency frequencies.

Aeronautical Mobile (R)* Service: An aeronautical mobile service reserved for communications relating to safety and regularity of flight, primarily along national or international civil air routes.

Aeronautical Mobile (OR)** Service: An aeronautical mobile service intended for communications, including those relating to flight coordination, primarily outside national or international civil air routes.

Aeronautical Mobile-Satellite Service: A mobile-satellite service in which mobile earth stations are located on board aircraft; survival craft stations and emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations may also participate in this service.

Aeronautical Mobile-Satellite (R)* Service: An aeronautical mobile-satellite service reserved for communications relating to safety and regularity of flights, primarily along national or international civil air routes.

Aeronautical Mobile-Satellite (OR)** Service: An aeronautical mobile-satellite service intended for communications, including those relating to flight coordination, primarily outside national and international civil air routes.

Broadcasting Service: A radiocommunication service in which the transmissions are intended for direct reception by the general public. This service may include sound transmissions, television transmissions or other types of transmission.

Broadcasting-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service in which signals transmitted or retransmitted by space stations are intended for direct reception by the general public.

In the broadcasting-satellite service, the term direct reception shallencompass both individual reception and community reception.

Radiodetermination Service: A radiocommunication service for the purpose of radiodetermination.

Radiodetermination-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service for the purpose of radiodetermination involving the use of one of more space stations.

This service may also include feeder links necessary for its own operation.

Radionavigation Service: A radiodetermination service for the purpose of radionavigation.

Radionavigation-Satellite Service: A radiodetermination-satellite service used for the purpose of radionavigation.

This service may also include feeder linksnecessary for its operation.

Maritime Radionavigation Service: A radionavigation service intended for the benefit and for the safe operation of ships.

Maritime Radionavigation-Satellite Service: A radionavigation-satellite service in which earth stations are located on board ships.

Aeronautical Radionavigation Service: A radionavigation service intended for the benefit and for the safe operation of aircraft.

Aeronautical Radionavigation-Satellite Service: A radionavigation-satellite service in which earth stations are located on board aircraft.

Radiolocation Service: A radiodetermination service for the purpose of radiolocation.

Radiolocation-Satellite Service: A radiodetermination-satellite service used for the purpose of radiolocation.

This service may also include feeder linksnecessary for its operation.

Meteorological Aids Service: A radiocommunication service used for meteorological, including hydrological, observations and exploration.

Earth Exploration-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service between earth stations and one or more space stations, which may include links between space stations, in which:

  • information relating to the characteristics of the Earth and its natural phenomena, including data relating to the state of the environment, is obtained from active sensors or passive sensors on Earth satellites;
  • similar information is collected from airborne or Earth-based platforms;
  • such information may be distributed to earth stations within the system concerned;
  • platform interrogation may be included.

This service may also include feeder links necessary for its operation.

Meteorological-Satellite Service: An earth exploration-satellite service for meteorological purposes.

Standard Frequency and Time Signal Service: A radiocommunication service for scientific, technical and other purposes, providing the transmission of specified frequencies, time signals, or both, of stated high precision, intended for general reception.

Standard Frequency and Time Signal-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth satellites for the same purposes as those of the standard frequency and time signal service.

This service may also include feeder links necessary for its operation.

Space Research Service: A radiocommunication service in which spacecraft or other objects in space are used for scientific or technological research purposes.

Amateur Service: A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.

Amateur-Satellite Service: A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth satellites for the same purpose as those of the amateur service.

Radio Astronomy Service: A service involving the use of radio astronomy.

Safety Service: Any radiocommunication service used permanently or temporarily for the safeguarding of human life and property.

6.3 Categories of Services

Primary and Secondary Services:

In the Canadian Table, where a band is indicated as allocated to more than one service, services are listed in the following order:

  1. primary services are printed in "all capital letters" (example: FIXED); and
  2. secondary services are printed in "upper and lower case letters" (example: Amateur).

Additional remarks are printed in "upper and lower case letters" (example: MOBILE except aeronautical mobile).

For each category, services are listed in alphabetical order but that order does not indicate relative priority.

Stations of a Secondary Service:

  1. shall not cause harmful interference to stations of primary service to which frequencies are already assigned or to which frequencies may be assigned at a later date;
  2. cannot claim protection from harmful interference from stations of a primary service to which frequencies are already assigned or may be assigned at a later date; and
  3. can claim protection, however, from harmful interference from stations of the same or other secondary service(s) to which frequencies may be assigned at a later date.

The frequency band referred to in each allocation is indicated in the top left-hand corner of the box of the Table concerned.

The footnote references that appear in the Table below the allocated service or services apply to more than one of the allocated services, or the whole of the allocation concerned.

The footnote references to the right of the name of a service are applicable only to that particular service.

*(R): route

**(OR): off-route

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