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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-011-09 — Consultation Paper on Low-power Licensed Radiocommunication Devices, Including Wireless Microphones, in the Band 698-806 MHz

The purpose of this notice is to announce a public consultation on proposed changes to the use, standards, certification and licensing for the operation of low-power licensed radiocommunication devices, including wireless microphones, in the band 698-806 MHz.

Discussion

Currently, the operation of low-power devices in the band 698-806 MHz is subject to licensing on a no protection, no-interference basis in accordance with Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-11, Low power Licensed Radiocommunication Devices, and Radio Standard Specification RSS-123, Low power Licensed Radiocommunication Devices.

The band has been allocated to the broadcasting service for some time, and frequencies for low-power licensed radiocommunication devices have been selected to ensure that they do not interfere with the reception of broadcasting signals that are available in the immediate area.

In 2004, the band 746-806 MHz was allocated to the mobile service on a co-primary basis with the broadcasting service (see SP-746 MHz, Mobile Service Allocation Decision and Designation of Spectrum for Public Safety in the Frequency Band 746-806 MHz). Furthermore, the bands 764-776 MHz and 794-806 MHz were designated for public safety in spectrum utilization policies SP-746 MHz, and SP 768 MHz, Narrowband and Wideband Public Safety Radiocommunication Systems in the Bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz.

Given the nature of public safety operation and its stringent requirements for protection from harmful interference, as well as the potential for future operation of mobile service in the band 698-806 MHz, Industry Canada is seeking public comments on the continued use of the band by low-power licensed radiocommunication devices in this band.

Submitting comments

Interested parties should submit their comments no later than November 12, 2009. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments received and any other relevant information will be posted on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following e-mail address: wireless@ic.gc.ca, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada, 16th Floor, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

All submissions should cite Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and notice reference number DGTP-011-09.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at 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 the Canada Gazette can be ordered by telephoning the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

September 2, 2009

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Pamela Miller
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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Marc Dupuis
Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

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Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch