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

A2 (AI 1.4) – Spectrum for Advanced Mobile Systems (IMT-2000 and beyond)

Background

International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) systems are mobile systems that provide access to a wide range of telecommunication services, including advanced mobile services, supported by mobile and fixed networks, which are increasingly packet-based.

In Resolution 228 (WRC-2003), the ITU-R was asked to report, in time for WRC-07, on the results of studies on the spectrum requirements and potential frequency ranges suitable for the future development of IMT-2000 and systems beyond IMT-2000 (IMT-Advanced), taking into account the:

  • evolving user needs, including the growth in demand for IMT-2000 services;
  • evolution of IMT-2000 and pre IMT-2000 systems through advances in technology;
  • bands currently identified for IMT-2000;
  • time frame in which spectrum would be needed;
  • period for migration from existing to future systems; and
  • extensive use of frequencies below those identified for IMT-2000 in No. 5.317A.

Resolution ITU-R 56 provides the new name for Systems Beyond IMT-2000, IMT-Advanced, and resolves that "IMT" is the root name that encompasses both IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced systems. When considering the naming of IMT systems, one must consider the Radio Regulations and regulatory clarity. Systems that meet the regulatory criteria in the frequency band should not be limited in their evolution and there is no precedence for limiting an allocation in the Radio Regulations to a specific technology or generation of technology. Therefore, WRC-07 decided to identify spectrum generically for IMT.

The objectives of identifying spectrum for use by IMT are to encourage global harmonization and to provide guidance to manufacturers so that they can develop equipment for global roaming at minimum cost. In order to maximize the benefit of this newly available spectrum, it is important to establish an international regulatory framework that allows adequate time for regulators, manufacturers and operators to prepare for the introduction of new services.

In addition to bands already identified for IMT-2000, the following bands were considered for the terrestrial component of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced: 410-430 MHz, 450-470 MHz, 470-806/862 MHz, 2.3-2.4 GHz, 2.7-2.9 GHz, 3.4-4.2 GHz and 4.4-4.99 GHz. In all of these bands, administrations have implemented various systems and services, as listed in Report ITU-R M.2079, so that these bands are not currently available for the worldwide or Regional deployment of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced.

Regulatory and technical studies were carried out to assess the advantages and disadvantages of identifying specific frequency bands for IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced. These studies addressed sharing and compatibility considerations with services that already have allocations in candidate spectrum for IMT identification, taking into account the needs of other services.

As a result, the following bands were identified for IMT at WRC-07: 450-470 MHz, parts of 698-862 MHz (varies Regionally), 2 300-2 400 MHz and 3 400-3 600 MHz in Regions 1 and 3.

With regard to the satellite component of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced, studies were undertaken to assess the spectrum requirements for the period 2010 to 2020, which identified a requirement for additional spectrum. Candidate frequency bands for the satellite component were proposed for identification in the ranges 1 518-1 525 MHz and 1 668-1 675 MHz, recognizing the difficulties of using the band 1 668-1 675 MHz for such a purpose (see No. 5.380A and Resolution 744 (Rev. WRC-07)).

450-470 MHz

WRC-07 identified the band 450-470 MHz for global IMT through new international footnote No. 5.286AA. In addition, WRC-07 adopted modifications to footnote Nos 5.286D and 5.286E under Agenda Item 1.1.

Canada and the United States submitted a declaration that states:

"The United States of America and Canada state that, in application of the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) pertaining to the use of the 450-470 MHz band, they intend to make use of applications in the mobile service and fixed service, including public safety networks, in the 450-470 MHz band, as appropriate, which will preclude its use for terrestrial International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)."

Summary of Proposed Changes to the Canadian Table

450-470 MHz
450-455 MOBILE 5.286AA Cxx
Fixed

5.209 5.286 5.286A 5.286B 5.286C MOD 5.286D 5.286E C26A C26B

455-456 FIXED
MOBILE 5.286AA Cxx
MOBILE-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) 5.286A 5.286B 5.286C

5.209 C26A C26B

456-459 MOBILE 5.286AA MOD 5.287 Cxx
Fixed

5.288

459-460 FIXED
MOBILE 5.286AA Cxx
MOBILE-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) 5.286A 5.286B 5.286C

5.209 C26A C26B

460-470 MOBILE 5.286AA MOD 5.287 Cxx
Fixed

5.289

470-608 BROADCASTING

MOD 5.293 5.297 C24

ADD 5.286AA The band 450-470 MHz is identified for use by administrations wishing to implement International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT). See Resolution 224 (Rev. WRC-07). This identification does not preclude the use of this band by any application of the services to which it is allocated and does not establish priority in the Radio Regulations. (WRC-07)
MOD5.286D See Section F1.
SUP5.286E See Section F3.
MOD 5.287 See Section E2.
SUP 5.288 See Section F3.
MOD 5.293 Different category of service: in Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the United States, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Peru, the allocation of the bands 470-512 MHz and 614-806 MHz to the fixed service and mobile services is on a primary basis (see No. 5.33), subject to agreement obtained under No. 9.21. In Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the United States, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Peru, the allocation of the bands 470-512 MHz and 614-698 MHz to the mobile service is on a primary basis (see No. 5.33), subject to agreement obtained under No. 9.21. In Argentina and Ecuador, the allocation of the band 470-512 MHz to the fixed and mobile services is on a primary basis (see No. 5.33), subject to agreement obtained under No. 9.21(WRC-20007)
ADD 5.297 See Section F1.
ADD Cxx (CAN-09) In Canada, the band 450-470 MHz is not generally available for use by broadband systems (e.g., IMT) due to the extensive use by conventional and trunked mobile radio systems.

Discussion

The Department believes that the proposed changes to the Canadian Table will reflect the identification of IMT in the band 450-470 MHz internationally. In Canada, however, the band is not generally available for IMT systems due to its extensive use by existing systems.

698-806 MHz

The use of the 700 MHz band in Canada will be the subject of a forthcoming consultation that will address, among other issues, proposals for modifications to the Canadian Table, including the adoption of WRC-07 decisions related to the 700 MHz band.

IMT Satellite Component Bands

WRC-07 identified the bands 1 518-1 525 MHz and 1 668-1 675 MHz for use by the satellite component of IMT. Canada's position on this issue was neutral.

Summary of Proposed Changes to the Canadian Table

1 518-1 525 MHz

1 518-1 525

FIXED
MOBILE
MOBILE-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth) 5.348 5.348A
5.348B 5.348C MOD 5.351A C31

5.341

1 668-1 675 MHz

1 668-1 668.4

MOBILE-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) 5.348C
MOD 5.351A MOD 5.379B 5.379C C31
RADIO ASTRONOMY
SPACE RESEARCH (passive)
Fixed

MOD 5.149 5.341 5.379A 5.379D

1 668.4-1 670

FIXED
METEOROLOGICAL AIDS
MOBILE-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) 5.348C
MOD 5.351A MOD 5.379B 5.379C C31
RADIO ASTRONOMY

MOD 5.149 5.341 MOD 5.379D 5.379E

1 670-1 675

FIXED
METEOROLOGICAL AIDS
METEOROLOGICAL-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)
MOBILE (except aeronautical mobile)
MOBILE-SATELLITE (Earth-to-space) 5.348C
MOD 5.351A MOD 5.379B C31

5.341 MOD 5.379D 5.379E MOD 5.380A C33

MOD 5.149 See Section F2.
SUP 5.348A See Section F3.
SUP 5.348C For the use of the bands 1 518-1 525 MHz and 1 668-1 675 MHz by the mobile-satellite service, see Resolution 225 (Rev.WRC-03). (WRC-03) (WRC-07)
MOD 5.351A For the use of the bands 1 52518-1 544 MHz, 1 545-1 559 MHz, 1 610-1 626.5 MHz, 1 626.5-1 645.5 MHz, 1 646.5-1 660.5 MHz, 1 668-1 675 MHz, 1 980-2 010 MHz, 2 170-2 200 MHz, 2 483.5-2 500 MHz, 2 500-2 520 MHz and 2 670-2 690 MHz by the mobile-satellite service, see Resolutions 212 (Rev. WRC-9707) and 225 (Rev. WRC-200007). (WRC-200007)
MOD 5.379B See Section C1.
MOD 5.379D See Section C1.
MOD 5.380A See Section F2.
SUP C33 See Section C1.

Discussion

The Department believes that the proposed changes to the Canadian Table will reflect the identification of the bands for the satellite component of IMT. The modification to footnote No. 5.351A identifies new bands for use by the satellite component of IMT through Resolutions 212 and 225. Footnote No. 5.348C is no longer necessary.

2 300-2 400 MHz

WRC-07 globally identified the band 2 300-2 400 MHz for use by IMT through changes to international footnote No. 5.384A.

Canada and the United States submitted a declaration that states:

"The United States of America and Canada refer to footnote No. 5.394 of Article 5 of the Radio Regulations concerning the use of the 2 300-2 390 MHz band in the United States and the 2 300-2 400 MHz band in Canada and state that, in application of the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) in those bands, the aeronautical mobile service for telemetry has priority over other uses by the mobile services. Furthermore, in conformity with additional allocations specified in footnote No. 5.393 of Article 5 of the Radio Regulations in the 2 310-2 360 MHz band, the United States of America and Canada state that, in application of the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) in the band 2 310-2 360 MHz, they intend to use parts of this band for the broadcasting-satellite service (sound) and complementary terrestrial sound broadcasting service, which may preclude its use for terrestrial International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)."

Summary of Proposed Changes to the Canadian Table:

2 300-2 450 MHz

2 300-2 450

FIXED
MOBILE MOD 5.384A MOD 5.394 Cyy
RADIOLOCATION
Amateur

5.150 5.282 MOD 5.393 MOD 5.394 5.396 C12 C13 MOD C13A C17

ADD MOD 5.384A The bands, or portions of the bands, 1 710-1 885 MHz, 2 300-2 400 MHz and 2 500-2 690 MHz, are identified for use by administrations wishing to implement International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) in accordance with Resolution 223 (Rev. WRC-200007). This identification does not preclude the use of these bands by any application of the services to which they are allocated and does not establish priority in the Radio Regulations. (WRC-200007)
MOD 5.393 See Section F1.
MOD 5.394 See Section F1.
MOD C13A See Section F1.
ADD Cyy (CAN-09) In the band 2 300-2 400 MHz, the portions of the band identified for IMT in Canada are 2 305-2 320 and 2 345-2 360 MHz.

Discussion

The Department believes that the proposed changes to the Canadian Table will reflect the international identification of the band 2 300-2 400 MHz for IMT. The new Canadian footnote shows which portions of the band 2 300-2 400 MHz may be available for IMT in Canada.

3 400-4 200 MHz

Although many countries in other Regions signed onto footnotes identifying the band 3 400-3 600 MHz for IMT, Canada and Region 2 did not identify this band. Some other administrations in our Region did opt to upgrade their mobile allocation to primary in the band 3 400-3 500 MHz through a footnote.

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