Archived—Gazette Notice DGTP-005-09

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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-005-09Spectrum Utilization Policy, Technical and Licensing Requirements for Wireless Broadband Services (WBS) in the Band 3650-3700 MHz

Intent

The purpose of this notice is to announce the release of the above-mentioned spectrum document to accommodate WBS in the band 3650-3700 MHz.

Background

In September 2003, Industry Canada released the Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Spectrum Licences in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Bands (DGRB-003-03) and later auctioned 175 MHz in the band 3475 3650 MHz. At that time, the Department noted that there was a strong possibility that the United States would deploy licence-exempt devices in the band 3650-3700 MHz.

In October 2004, the Department published Revisions to Spectrum Utilization Policies in the 3-30 GHz Frequency Range and Further Consultation (DGTP-008-04). In this paper, the Department requested comments on whether to make the band 3650-3700 MHz available for licence-exempt applications. Comments were also sought on the types of systems and services that could be implemented in the band and, noting the availability of licensed spectrum in the adjacent bands, whether there was a requirement to continue the designation for licensed services.

In August 2006, the Department released Proposed Spectrum Utilization Policy, Technical and Licensing Requirements for Wireless Broadband Services (WBS) in the Band 3650-3700 MHz (DGTP-006-06). The Department added a primary mobile allocation in the band and designated its use for WBS. This consultation proposed policy, technical and licensing considerations to accommodate new WBS in the band 3650-3700 MHz. Subsequently, the Department received comments in support of this allocation.

Discussion

Comments received in response to the 2006 consultation generally supported the Department's proposals on use, applications, channelling plans, technical requirements and eligibility. As well, comments received generally supported technical harmonization with the United States as being in the best interest of Canada.

Details of the spectrum policy, eligibility, technical and licensing provisions, to allow WBS in the band 3650-3700 MHz, are specified in SP 3650 MHz.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and documents referred to herein are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed at www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/index-eng.html. Printed copies of Canada Gazette can be ordered by telephoning the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

June 11, 2009

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Pamela Miller
Acting Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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Marc Dupuis
Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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