Archived — Consultation on the 24 and 38 GHz Frequency Bands: Proposed Policy and Licensing Procedures

Appendix A - Spectrum Utilization Policy Provisions for Point-to-Point Systems Authorized on a First-Come First-Served Basis

1.1 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.

1.2 The use of the bands 38.6-38.7 GHz, 39.3-39.4 GHz, 39.05-39.3 GHz and 39.75-40.0 GHz by the fixed service32:

1.2.1 The spectrum is assigned on a paired block basis as follows:

Block A/A' 38 600-38 650 MHz 39 300-39 350 MHz
Block B/B' 38 650-38 700 MHz 39 350-39 400 MHz
Block J/J' 39 050-39 100 MHz 39 750-39 800 MHz33
Block K/K' 39 100-39 150 MHz 39 800-39 850 MHz33
Block L/L' 39 150-39 200 MHz 39 850-39 900 MHz
Block M/M' 39 200-39 250 MHz 39 900-39 950 MHz
Block N/N' 39 250-39 300 MHz 39 950-40 000 MHz

1.2.2 These bands are designated for point-to-point microwave systems.

1.2.3 Paired frequency blocks are assigned within a geographical area, on a first-come first-served basis and any paired block may be shared with other operators.

1.2.4 Licensees are permitted to use any channelling arrangement within the assigned block(s) of spectrum.

1.2.5 Aggregation of paired spectrum blocks is permitted; however, licensees are limited to a maximum of two (2) paired blocks in any given area.

1.2.6 One way systems are not permitted.

1.2.7 Radio systems using analogue transmission are not permitted in these bands.

1.2.8 The permitted transmission capacity, as defined in SP 1-20 GHz, is low, medium and high capacity.

1.2.9 The Geographical Differences Policy, as outlined in SP 1-20 GHz, does not apply.

1.3 The use of the band 38.4-38.6 GHz by the fixed service.

1.3.1 The frequency band 38.4-38.6 GHz is designated for one-way, point-to-point and one-way, multipoint communications systems (MCS).

1.3.2 The permitted transmission capacity, as defined in SP1-20 GHz, is low and medium capacity.

1.3.3 The spectrum is assigned on a block basis as follows:

Block A 38 400-38 450 MHz
Block B 38 450-38 500 MHz
Block C 38 500-38 550 MHz
Block D 38 550-38 600 MHz

1.3.4 Frequency blocks are assigned within a geographical area, on a first-come first-served basis and any paired block may be shared with other operators.

1.3.5 Licensees are permitted to use any channeling arrangement within the assigned block(s) of spectrum.

1.3.6 Licensees are limited to one (1) block in a given area. A second block may be granted to a licensee on a case-by-case basis.

1.3.7 Radio systems using analogue transmission are not permitted in these bands.

1.3.8 The Geographical Differences Policy, as outlined in SP 1-20 GHz, does not apply.

Comments are requested on the policy provisions outlined in this attachment.

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Appendix B - Service Areas/Zones de service

Tier 1/Niveau 134
# Service Area Name/Nom de la zone de service Population
1-01 Canada 28,846,761

 

Tier 2/Niveau 2
# Service Area Name/Nom de la zone de service Population
2-01 Newfoundland & Labrador/Terre-Neuve & Labrador 551,792
2-02 Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island/Nouvelle-Écosse & Île-du-Prince-Édouard 1,043,839
2-03 New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick 738,133
2-04 Eastern Quebec/Québec-Est 1,609,690
2-05 Southern Quebec/Québec-Sud 5,035,827
2-06 Eastern Ontario & Outaouais/Ontario-Est & Outaouais 2,047,352
2-07 Northern Quebec/Québec-Nord 194,810
2-08 Southern Ontario/Ontario-Sud 8,179,887
2-09 Northern Ontario/Ontario-Nord 824,802
2-10 Manitoba 1,115,900
2-11 Saskatchewan 980,770
2-12 Alberta 2,704,291
2-13 British Columbia/Colombie-Britannique 3,724,500
2-14 Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut/Yukon, Territoires du Nord-Ouest & Nunavut 95,168

 

Tier 3/Niveau 3
# Service Area Name/Nom de la zone de service Population
3-01 Newfoundland & Labrador/Terre-Neuve & Labrador 551,792
3-02 Prince Edward Island/Île-du-Prince-Édouard 134,557
3-03 Mainland Nova Scotia/Nouvelle-Écosse continentale 751,011
3-04 Cape Breton/Cap Breton 158,271
3-05 Southern New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick-Sud 171,361
3-06 Western New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick-Ouest 209,200
3-07 Eastern New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick-Est 357,572
3-08 Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie 311,501
3-09 Québec 909,256
3-10 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 388,933
3-11 Eastern Townships/Cantons de l'Est 503,748
3-12 Trois-Rivières 743,176
3-13 Montréal 3,682,384
3-14 Outaouais 106,519
3-15 Ottawa 1,193,489
3-16 Pembroke 112,948
3-17 Abitibi 194,810
3-18 Cornwall 66,849
3-19 Brockville 83,985
3-20 Kingston 160,574
3-21 Belleville 183,250
3-22 Cobourg 57,326
3-23 Peterborough 188,931
3-24 Huntsville 69,701
3-25 Toronto 5,146,581
3-26 Barrie 550,912
3-27 Guelph/Kitchener 560,682
3-28 Listowel/Goderich/Stratford 127,423
3-29 Niagara-St. Catharines 353,605
3-30 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 742,833
3-31 Chatham 109,518
3-32 Windsor/Leamington 351,986
3-33 Strathroy 166,646
3-34 North Bay 124,950
3-35 Sault Ste. Marie 140,395
3-36 Sudbury 184,488
3-37 Kirkland Lake 130,650
3-38 Thunder Bay 244,319
3-39 Winnipeg 938,812
3-40 Brandon 177,088
3-41 Regina 359,584
3-42 Moose Jaw 109,722
3-43 Saskatoon 511,464
3-44 Edmonton 1,149,185
3-45 Medicine Hat/Brooks 134,724
3-46 Lethbridge 150,228
3-47 Calgary 944,382
3-48 Red Deer 176,376
3-49 Grande Prairie 149,396
3-50 Kootenays 134,973
3-51 Okanagan/Columbia 355,904
3-52 Vancouver 2,138,533
3-53 Victoria 382,745
3-54 Nanaimo 159,657
3-55 Courtenay 105,968
3-56 Thompson/Cariboo 173,967
3-57 Prince George 210,420
3-58 Dawson Creek 62,333
3-59 Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut/Yukon, Territoires du Nord-Ouest & Nunavut 95,168

 

Tier 4/Niveau 4
# Service Area Name/Nom de la zone de service Population
4-001 St. John's 193,783
4-002 Carbonear 57,740
4-003 Gander/Grand Falls/Windsor 179,081
4-004 Corner Brook/Stephenville 91,998
4-005 Labrador 29,190
4-006 Charlottetown 85,846
4-007 Summerside 48,711
4-008 Yarmouth 64,812
4-009 Bridgewater/Kentville 141,495
4-010 Halifax 372,001
4-011 Truro 55,955
4-012 Amherst 37,559
4-013 Antigonish/New Glasgow 79,189
4-014 Sydney 158,271
4-015 Saint John 144,026
4-016 St. Stephen 27,335
4-017 Fredericton 150,457
4-018 Moncton 147,023
4-019 Miramichi/Bathurst 175,530
4-020 Grand Falls 29,665
4-021 Edmundston 29,078
4-022 Campbellton 35,019
4-023 Matane 126,219
4-024 Mont-Joli 43,984
4-025 Rimouski 52,677
4-026 Rivière-du-Loup 88,621
4-027 La Malbaie 29,918
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 223,248
4-029 Montmagny 60,714
4-030 Québec 770,868
4-031 Sainte-Marie 47,756
4-032 Saint-Georges 66,540
4-033 Lac Mégantic 23,614
4-034 Thetford Mines 45,272
4-035 Plessisville 21,317
4-036 La Tuque 16,517
4-037 Trois-Rivières 257,201
4-038 Louiseville 22,595
4-039 Asbestos 30,455
4-040 Victoriaville 49,830
4-041 Coaticook 13,085
4-042 Sherbrooke 208,974
4-043 Windsor 16,362
4-044 Drummondville 94,035
4-045 Cowansville 28,299
4-046 Farnham 29,567
4-047 Granby 84,058
4-048 St-Hyacinthe 79,713
4-049 Sorel 65,845
4-050 Joliette 123,212
4-051 Montréal 3,652,817
4-052 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts 58,730
4-053 Hawkesbury 61,651
4-054 Mont-Laurier/Maniwaki 47,789
4-055 Ottawa 1,131,838
4-056 Pembroke 81,064
4-057 Arnprior/Renfrew 31,884
4-058 Rouyn-Noranda 61,650
4-059 La Sarre 22,586
4-060 Amos 25,565
4-061 Val D'Or 45,402
4-062 Roberval/Saint-Félicien 63,861
4-063 Baie-Comeau 52,298
4-064 Port-Cartier/Sept-Îles 49,526
4-065 Chibougamau 39,607
4-066 Cornwall 66,849
4-067 Brockville 70,974
4-068 Gananoque 13,011
4-069 Kingston 160,574
4-070 Napanee 39,829
4-071 Belleville 143,421
4-072 Cobourg 57,326
4-073 Peterborough 147,737
4-074 Lindsay 41,194
4-075 Minden 17,764
4-076 Toronto 5,146,581
4-077 Alliston 98,133
4-078 Guelph/Kitchener 535,736
4-079 Fergus 24,946
4-080 Kincardine 175,390
4-081 Listowel/Goderich 80,982
4-082 Fort Erie 27,183
4-083 Niagara-St. Catharines 326,422
4-084 Haldimand/Dunnville 34,599
4-085 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas 593,670
4-086 Brantford 114,564
4-087 Stratford 46,441
4-088 Chatham 78,128
4-089 Windsor/Leamington 351,986
4-090 Wallaceburg 31,390
4-091 Sarnia 126,423
4-092 Strathroy 40,223
4-093 Barrie 234,902
4-094 Midland 42,487
4-095 Gravenhurst/Bracebridge 51,937
4-096 North Bay 105,484
4-097 Parry Sound 19,466
4-098 Elliot Lake 30,205
4-099 Sudbury 184,488
4-100 Kirkland Lake 37,807
4-101 Timmins/Kapuskasing 92,843
4-102 Kenora/Sioux Lookout 63,732
4-103 Sault Ste. Marie 110,190
4-104 Thunder Bay 157,424
4-105 Fort Frances 23,163
4-106 Steinbach 44,334
4-107 Winnipeg 767,149
4-108 Morden/Winkler 36,530
4-109 Brandon 133,448
4-110 Portage la Prairie 20,385
4-111 Dauphin 43,640
4-112 Creighton/Flin Flon 25,152
4-113 Thompson 45,262
4-114 Estevan 47,616
4-115 Weyburn 23,121
4-116 Moose Jaw 60,784
4-117 Swift Current 48,938
4-118 Yorkton 71,002
4-119 Regina 217,845
4-120 Saskatoon 251,532
4-121 Battleford 89,351
4-122 Prince Albert 141,479
4-123 Lloydminster 31,668
4-124 Northern Saskatchewan/Saskatchewan-Nord 29,102
4-125 Medicine Hat/Brooks 81,509
4-126 Lethbridge 150,228
4-127 Stettler/Oyen/Wainwright 53,215
4-128 High River 44,070
4-129 Strathmore 34,451
4-130 Calgary 865,861
4-131 Red Deer 134,729
4-132 Wetaskiwin/Ponoka 41,647
4-133 Camrose 33,071
4-134 Vegreville 14,461
4-135 Edmonton 870,340
4-136 Edson/Hinton 44,083
4-137 Bonnyville 71,270
4-138 Whitecourt 25,493
4-139 Barrhead 22,305
4-140 Fort McMurray 36,494
4-141 Peace River 80,807
4-142 Grande Prairie 68,589
4-143 East Kootenay/Kootenay-Est 56,366
4-144 West Kootenay/Kootenay-Ouest 78,607
4-145 Penticton 88,331
4-146 Vancouver 2,054,062
4-147 Victoria 382,745
4-148 Nanaimo 159,657
4-149 Courtenay 105,968
4-150 Powell River 30,156
4-151 Squamish/Whistler 54,315
4-152 Kelowna 215,589
4-153 Kamloops 107,492
4-154 Salmon Arm 51,984
4-155 Williams Lake 41,196
4-156 Quesnel/Red Bluff 25,279
4-157 Skeena 69,804
4-158 Prince George 140,616
4-159 Dawson Creek 62,333
4-160 Yukon 30,766
4-161 Nunavut 25,153
4-162 Northwest Territories/Territoires du Nord-Ouest 39,249

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Footnotes

1 Industry Canada,(March 2, 1996) Local Multipoint Communications Systems (LMCS) in the 28 GHz Range: Policy, Authorization Procedures and Evaluation Criteria (available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum). Note: This and other Industry Canada documents noted in this consultation paper are available at the above-mentioned website.

2 Industry Canada, (February 1996), Review of the Comparative Selection and Radio Licensing Process: Findings.

3 Treasury Board, (April 1997) Cost-Recovery and Charging Policy.

4 Available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01435.html.

5 Spectrum Policy and Licensing Considerations, Fixed Radio Systems in the 23 GHz and 38 GHz Frequency Bands (SP 23/38 GHz), September 1996.

6 Industry Canada, (September 1996), SP 23/38 GHz: Spectrum Policy and Licensing Considerations, Fixed Radio Systems in the 23 GHz and 38 GHz Frequency Bands.

7 Paired blocks A/A', B/B', L/L', M/M', and N/N' are currently available for licensing point-to-point systems on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional paired blocks may become available in the near future depending upon the frequency block structure adopted by the Department as a result of this consultation process.

8 Refer to Options 1 and 2 in section 3.1.2.

9 The principles that apply to merger analysis are also pertinent to the analysis regarding bidder eligibility restrictions and spectrum aggregation limits. See the document Merger Enforcement Guidelines, (January 24, 1997) for the framework used by the Competition Bureau for analyzing competition within a market (available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/SSG/ct01264e.html).

10 The frequency bands may be adjusted depending on the outcome of this consultation paper.

11 "affiliate" is defined in the same manner as in subsection 35(3) of the Telecommunications Act; viz. "…a person who controls the carrier, or who is controlled by the carrier or by any person who controls the carrier."

12 Available on the Department's Strategis Web site http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum

13 There are 59 service areas in Tier 3. The largest is Toronto with a population of 5,146,581. The smallest is Cobourg with a population of 57,326.

14 The 200 MHz Spectrum Licence may not be available depending upon the outcome of this consultation paper. (See section 3.1.2.)

15 More detailed information on these new procedures for transferring licences will be available in a Client Procedures Circular (CPC) to be published in the near future. Interested parties may wish to check the Department's web-site (http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum) for updates.

16 It should be noted that any licence transfer could also be subject to the provisions of the Competition Act.

17 Spectrum Grid cells are defined in the Industry Canada (Spectrum Management) Client Procedures Circular 2-1-16 (CPC-2-1-16), Licensing Procedure for Local Multipoint Communications Systems (LMCS), (February 1, 1997), available on the Strategis Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum. Spectrum Grid cells are six-sided figures with an area of 25 km that fit together in an interlocking pattern over the geography of Canada.

18 Industry Canada (June 24, 1995), Environmental Process, Radiofrequency Fields and Land-Use Consultation (CPC-2-0-03).

19 This document is available on the Department's Strategis web site: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

20 This condition is dependent on the outcome of consultation for Section 4.6. Implementation of Services.

21 The Department has found in the past that the publication of a simple list of interested parties early in the licensing process has been helpful to some smaller players who may wish to investigate the formation of a lawful strategic alliance with others. A "Notification of Interest" would consist of nothing more than basic identifiers such as the name, address and phone number of the interested party.

22 It should be noted that prospective bidders may be required to make full disclosure of any communications, agreements, arrangements or affiliations which they have entered into with any other potential bidder regarding the auction in question.

23 For example, suppose that a bidder wished to be able to bid on licence X (two points), licence Y (three points), and licence Z (five points). This bidder could ask to have up to ten points-worth of initial eligibility. If the bidder knew that it would not wish to be actively bidding on all three licences at the same time, it might choose to have a lower level of initial eligibility, for example eight points, and thus be required to submit a smaller pre-auction financial deposit.

24 Since bid levels would increase each round by only the established increment, bidders will be able to exactly forecast the maximum possible values that the price for any particular licence could reach by the end of the currently announced schedule. The bid schedule will be regularly updated so that bidders will always be able to make rolling forecasts for, for example, one or two weeks in advance.

25 Under the non-discretionary bidding scenario, all bids on the same licence in a given round would, of course, be tie bids. It was proposed that the first bidder (all bids would be electronically time-stamped as they were received) to place a bid on a licence be given the status of standing high bidder on that licence for the next round. Other administrations have used the same tie-breaking rule with discretionary bidding, but the incidence of tie bids under that scenario has tended to be quite low.

26 It is worth noting, however, that unless the difference between two bidders' valuations for a licence is so small as to fall within the margin of a single bid increment, the relative speed of bidders' computers or telecommunications links will be a non-factor. As bid levels rise, the bidder with the lower valuation will drop out, allowing the bidder with the higher valuation to win at a price just above the lower bidder's drop-out point.

27 The 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio Service (SMR) Phase 1 (Upper 10MHz Block) auction which closed on December 8, 1997 featured non-discretionary, also referred to as "click-box", bidding.

28 This was the Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) auction which closed on March 25, 1998.

29 See discussion of bidder eligibility points in section 6.2.1 of this document.

30 See the discussion of withdrawal and forfeiture penalties in section 6.2 of this document.

31 As per subsection 5(1)(1.3) of the Radiocommunication Act.

32 The frequency bands may be adjusted depending on the outcome of this consultation paper.

33 Paired Blocks J/J' and K/K' may not be available for point-to-point systems on a first-come first-served basis depending on the outcome of this consultation process.

34 For this table and all subsequent tables 'Population' refers to the population of the service area based on the 1996 Census.

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