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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-002-10 — Consultation on the Use of the Band 25.25-28.35 GHz

This notice announces the release of the consultation on the use of the band 25.25-28.35 GHz and an interim licensing process pending the establishment of a formal licensing process.

Discussion

The Department has been approached by industry to make available the band 25.25-28.35 GHz for the deployment of broadband applications. Industry Canada notes that the band 25.25-25.35 GHz is currently not in use and can be made available for licensing for such applications.

In 1996, after issuing a call for applications, the Department announced the winners of the comparative process and awarded licences to three companies in the band 27.35-28.35 GHz (blocks A and B). At that time, it was announced that the remaining blocks (blocks C, D, E and F) in the band 25.35-27.35 GHz would be reserved for future use. Limited deployment took place, but eventually, all licences were returned to the Department by January 2002.

In March 2009, the Department released DGRB-004-09, Decision on the Renewal of 24 and 38 GHz Spectrum Licences and Consultation on Spectrum Licence Fees for 24, 28 and 38 GHz Bands. Comments received supported making available, on a first-come, first-served basis, the 28 GHz Local Multipoint Communication Systems (LMCS) spectrum that was originally assigned through a comparative licensing process, as well as the previously auctioned spectrum in the 24 and 38 GHz bands that was unassigned or returned.

Given the interest from industry to make available spectrum in the band 25.25-28.35 GHz and taking into account that equipment is becoming more available on the market and that demand for fixed backhaul systems is expected to increase, the Department believes that making spectrum available for use in a timely fashion is warranted.

This consultation provides an opportunity to comment on the future use of this band for fixed systems.

Submitting comments

Interested parties should submit their comments no later than July 28, 2010. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments received 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 email address: wireless@ic.gc.ca.

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 the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (DGTP-002-10).

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.

May 14, 2010

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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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FIONA GILFILLAN
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch