Decisions on the Transition to Broadband Radio Service (BRS) in the Band 2500–2690 MHz and Consultation on Changes Related to the Band Plan
Part B - Consultation on Band Plan
8. The Frequency Band Plan
At the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2000 (WRC-2000), the band 2500-2690 MHz was globally designated to IMT systems. Recent technological evolutions and market trends enabling multimedia applications over broadband access systems have resulted in a significant increase in spectrum demand for broadband wireless applications. In order to support such growth in spectrum demand, the BRS band plan in the 2500-2690 MHz range should support:
- harmonization of equipment specifications to the extent possible;
- economies of scale and greater equipment availability;
- orderly deployment of broadband radio systems, enabling efficient use of the limited radio spectrum;
- deployment of systems with reduced capital and operational costs, enabling affordable services to consumers; and
- international interoperability and roaming.
In the past, when implementing new radio services, Canada has often adopted harmonized spectrum allocations, band plans and radio equipment specifications with the United States. This typically presented the following advantages over other choices:
- wide selection of low cost equipment due to the size of the U.S. market;
- simplified cross-border frequency coordination procedures due to harmonized frequency arrangements; and
- cross-border roaming enabled by the interoperable equipment.
As a result of the specifics of the BRS band plan adopted by United States,Footnote 5 and given that the European Commission (EC) adopted a common band plan for this band,Footnote 6 there are now two international band plan options available to Canada. These two options are discussed below.
8.1 Option 1 - Harmonize with the U.S. band plan
In the United States, the BRS band plan was specifically designed to enable migration to BRS by the incumbent MDS and Instructional Television Fixed Services (ITFS) licensees. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allowed a mixture of 3 x 5.5 MHz and 6 MHz channel widths, providing compatibility with equipment used in the past for high powered broadcasting stations. The band plan adopted in the United States (henceforth referred to as "Option 1") is shown in the figure below:
Figure 1 - Option 1 band plan modelFootnote 7
Although the Option 1 model was developed by the FCC to address the requirements of U.S. incumbents, its advantages may be less relevant in Canada, as the Canadian context is different.
Some of the characteristics of the Option 1 band plan model are that:
- the band is structured in 16.5 MHz blocks, except the 2572-2614 MHz range, which is based on 6 MHz channels;
- the band plan is technology-flexible, as there are no specific designations for frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) frequency ranges, and the licences are issued in an unpaired configuration; and
- the band starts at 2495 MHz (i.e. 5 MHz below the band designated for BRS in Canada).
Harmonizing the Canadian BRS band plan with that in the United States would facilitate cross-border roaming if the Canadian carrier chooses the same technology as used in the United States. It should be noted that cross-border roaming is now less dependent on a harmonized band plan and is facilitated by the emergence of terminal equipment capable of operating in multiple bands.
This band plan, however, presents a few challenges with respect to implementing it in a multi-operator environment in Canada, including:
- large geographic separations would be needed between operators using the same frequency; and
- the 16.5 MHz block width is not consistent with the standardized equipment being developed for this band.Footnote 8
In order to minimize interference between operations, it is generally recognized that a minimum of a 5 MHz guard band is necessary between FDD and TDD operations, as well as another 5 MHz guard band between unsynchronized TDD systems operating in the same service area. Should there be multiple licensees within the same geographic area, implementation of the Option 1 model could result in less usable spectrum for the licensees. In the United States, one licensee holds a significant amount of available spectrum nationwide, which reduces this guard band requirement.
The Option 1 model, used in the United States, allows use of both FDD and TDD equipment anywhere in the band. Should this band plan model be adopted in Canada, the incumbents could operate in their assigned blocks and departmental measures may not be needed for further implementation.
8.2 Option 2 - Harmonize with the international band plan
The Department notes that, although comments were not requested regarding the band plan in the March 2009 consultation, a number of comments were received in support of the adoption of an international band plan based on the Frequency Arrangement C1 in the Report ITU-R M.1036 (henceforth referred to as "Option 2"), shown in Figure 2 below.
In parallel with the March 2009 consultation, the Department conducted a Stakeholder Proposal Development (SPD) process in which incumbents met with the goal to develop, among other issues, a unified proposal for the new band plan. The SPD discussions led to the unanimous proposal for the recommendation that the BRS band plan be based on the Option 2 model.
Figure 2 - Option 2 band plan model
This band plan model features two paired (FDD) bands with a duplex separation of 120 MHz, and a centre portion of 50 MHz of unpaired (TDD) spectrum. FDD and TDD spectrum designations are both specified with technical constraints to be reflected in technical rules. For FDD systems, base transmission is permitted only in the 2620-2690 MHz range, whereas the terminal equipment is permitted to transmit in the 2500-2570 MHz range. The band plan is channelized with a 5 MHz granularity.
Studies performed and discussed in international foraFootnote 9 show that a minimum guard band of 5 MHz is necessary to address potential interference between TDD and FDD systems operating in adjacent bands in the same geographical area. As a result, as shown in Figure 2, two 5 MHz guard bands are provided in the Option 2 model at 2570-2575 MHz and 2615-2620 MHz. Consequently, the unpaired (TDD) block contains 50 MHz of contiguous spectrum, including 10 MHz of guard bands.
The rationale supporting the use of this band plan is that equipment planned or being manufactured for this band is based on IMT standards that include multiples of 5 MHz channel bandwidths, rather than the various channel bandwidths suitable for broadcasting.
Implementing the Option 2 model of the band plan would offer a number of advantages:
- allow the deployment of both FDD and TDD systems;
- promote spectral efficiency because guard bands, which are mostly unusable spectrum, would not be required between operators in adjacent FDD frequency blocks;
- permit global harmonization which would enable economies of scale for equipment and international roaming;
- facilitate equipment compatibility with other mobile bands licensed in Canada on a paired basis; and
- access a wider range of services and applications which would be developed on a global basis.
It should be noted that the paired (FDD) portion of the Option 2 band plan should be licensed in a paired structure. Consequently, the currently unpaired incumbent spectrum holdings in the band 2500-2690 MHz may need to be reorganized if the Option 2 band plan is adopted. The physical migration of the network facilities to the new band plan may need to be implemented over a period of time after the transition to BRS licences on March 31, 2011 (see Section 9.5).
Furthermore, the 2006 policy specifies the spectrum blocks to be returned to the Department as 2535-2568 MHz and 2657-2690 MHz. Should the Option 2 band plan be adopted, these blocks would need to be shifted slightly to align with the Option 2 band plan, specifically to 2540-2570 MHz and 2660-2690 MHz.
In the PCS and AWS bands, the Department created technology-neutral rules permitting operation of TDD systems in paired FDD bands. These TDD systems must operate within the technical rules for FDD and avoid creating any interference to FDD systems. It should be noted that, so far, no TDD systems have been deployed in the PCS and AWS bands. The possibility of a similar provision whereby TDD systems would be allowed to operate within the FDD portion of the Option 2 band plan may be considered. Such a provision would be accompanied by conditions that these TDD systems must be engineered to coexist without interfering with the FDD systems in adjacent frequency blocks or neighbouring areas.
Notwithstanding the above, should the Option 2 band plan be selected for implementation in Canada, exceptions may be granted to incumbent MCS licensees in remote and rural areas, which may be allowed to continue to use current technology (TDD) for an interim period.
As mentioned, within the context of the Option 2 band plan model, two guard bands are provided in the frequency ranges 2570-2575 MHz and 2615-2620 MHz, where systems cannot be deployed without a significant probability of interference to operations in adjacent FDD and TDD blocks. Pan-European rules state that systems in these ranges can only operate at reduced power levels with no interference, no protection conditions. Should the Option 2 band plan model be selected, technical rules governing the operation of systems in the FDD, TDD blocks, including specific provisions for the guard bands, will be developed in consultation with the industry.
Given the benefits of the internationally harmonized band plan, Industry Canada proposes to adopt the Option 2 model of the band plan for BRS in the band 2500-2690 MHz.
The Department seeks comments on its proposal to adopt the Option 2 model and on the following related elements:
1. Should operation of the TDD systems be permitted in the FDD portion of the band plan and, if so, under what conditions?
2. Should the guard band blocks 2570-2575 MHz and 2615-2620 MHz be held in reserve by Industry Canada or should they form part of the unpaired block (TDD)?
3. If the guard bands are to be held in reserve, should they be considered for future use by licence-exempt wireless systems?
Please provide comments on any additional technical details related to the band plan which are not addressed above.
9. Mapping of Incumbentsinto Option 2 Band Plan
In the past, when a frequency band was restructured for the introduction of new mobile commercial services, the existing use was discontinued. The existing licensees were subject to a transition process, possibly to other bands, to free up the spectrum for the new services. In the case of the band 2500-2690 MHz, the MCS and MDS incumbent licensees have been offered the opportunity to transition their fixed or broadcasting licences to flexible-use BRS licences by returning to the Department approximately one third of the spectrum and retaining approximately two thirds of their original spectrum holding, as BRS licences.
In the event that the Option 2 band plan is adopted, the band plan for BRS will include both paired and unpaired frequency bands. Furthermore, in the FDD portions of the band, the technical rules may mandate operations using paired frequencies in FDD mode (refer to Section 8.2). Given that incumbents hold single blocks of spectrum either in the upper (base transmit) or lower (mobile transmit) parts of the band, four issues arise in mapping the incumbents into the new band plan:
- Industry Canada and an MCS incumbent each hold one unpaired half of the remaining paired spectrum in certain areas (i.e. Alberta, the Maritimes, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and parts of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec).
- An MCS incumbent and an MDS incumbent each hold one unpaired half of the remainingFootnote 10 paired spectrum in certain areas (i.e. Saskatchewan, parts of Ontario and Quebec).
- The use of the TDD central block may not be practical if there is more than one operator in this block.
- Industry Canada and an MDS incumbent each hold one unpaired half of the remainingFootnote 11 paired spectrum in Manitoba.
FDD and TDD radio systems are not interoperable. Furthermore, they cannot be co-sited unless sufficient frequency separation exists and additional filtering is implemented on both systems. An operator deploying a TDD system may encounter serious operational challenges in deploying an FDD overlay on the same set of sites.
To address these issues and others, the Department may use one of two methods to reorganize the incumbents in the band plan:
- Rely on secondary market spectrum trading such as spectrum exchanges between incumbents, etc.
- Alternatively, the Department may take more direct action, for example, by reassigning spectrum holdings, among other possible measures.
The following sections examine the four issues identified above with respect to adopting either of these two methods to map the incumbents into the Option 2 band plan.
9.1 Regions where the Department holds the MDS spectrum
In certain regions, including Alberta, the Maritime Provinces, the Territories, and parts of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, the 2500-2690 MHz band is currently divided between an MCS incumbent and the Department (MDS spectrum holder), as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3 - Current 2500-2690 MHz band spectrum attribution between incumbents
Taking into account the spectrum to be returned (2540-2570 MHz), the incumbents would be mapped into the new band plan as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 - BRS band plan after the adoption of the new band plan, in areas where the Department holds the MDS spectrum
The MCS incumbent and the Department would each hold portions of the FDD spectrum in the bands 2500-2540 MHz and 2620-2660 MHz. In order to enable the use of this spectrum, the Department could exchange 20 MHz of MDS spectrum for 20 MHz of the MCS incumbent's spectrum holdings. This would be undertaken in accordance with the duplex separation specified in the band plan, as per Figure 5 below:
Figure 5 - Configuration of the band after exchange between the Department and MCS incumbent to facilitate the use of paired (FDD) spectrum
In this case, there are two options available to Industry Canada to facilitate this exchange:
- Through a spectrum exchange, allow the MCS incumbent and the Department to trade 20 MHz of spectrum in order to convert the incumbent's single block of 40 MHz to two FDD blocks of 20 + 20 MHz. Should this exchange not occur, the Department would auction the single 40 MHz block of spectrum, namely 2620-2660 MHz, with the view that post-auction spectrum trading on the secondary market may eventually result in FDD use of this spectrum.
- Through a direct reassignment of spectrum by the Department, the MCS incumbent would be mapped into the new band plan as per Figure 5.
The Department notes that regulatory intervention set out in Option 2 could facilitate the transition to the new band plan in a timely manner. Furthermore, it would provide for paired spectrum consistent with the proposed new band plan, for the future auction.
The Department proposes to mandate the exchange of 20 MHz of the MDS spectrum held by Industry Canada for 20 MHz of the MCS spectrum licensed to the MCS incumbent as indicated in Figure 5.
Industry Canada seeks comments on this proposal.
9.2 Regions where MCS and MDS incumbents hold portions of spectrum
In the rest of the country (except the province of Manitoba), incumbents hold both the MCS and the MDS portions of the spectrum. The configuration of the band after the return of the 2540-2570 MHz and 2660-2690 MHz frequency blocks is shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6 - BRS band plan after the adoption of the new band plan, in areas where MCS and MDS incumbents each hold one half of the paired spectrum
Neither the MCS nor the MDS incumbent will have paired spectrum except in parts of Ontario and Quebec where Inukshuk Wireless Partnership holds both the MCS and the MDS spectrum. In order to enable the use of paired spectrum, the MCS and MDS incumbents could exchange spectrum, which would result in each operator holding 20 + 20 MHz as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7 - Possible outcome - configuration of the band after trading between incumbents to facilitate the use of paired (FDD) spectrum
Also, the incumbents could agree to other arrangements that involve financial transactions, service areas, etc. In this case, there are two options available to the Department:
- Through spectrum trading on secondary markets, allow the MCS and MDS incumbents to reconfigure their current spectrum to the new band plan. This could involve exchanges of both paired and unpaired spectrum, financial transactions, or business arrangements involving service areas.
- Through direct reassignment of spectrum, the MCS and MDS incumbents could be mapped into the new band plan as shown in Figure 7. Each licensee would have 20 + 20 MHz of paired spectrum.
The Department notes that in Saskatchewan, part of Northern Ontario and part of Eastern Quebec, there are different MCS and MDS incumbents and as a result, mutually agreeable arrangements, as in Option 1, may be established without the requirementfor government intervention. Further, it is noted that the availability of spectrum for auction would not be affected in these cases.
The Department notes that regulatory intervention set out in Option 2 could facilitate the transition to the new band plan in a timely manner.
Industry Canada seeks comments on whether government intervention is required where there are different MCS and MDS incumbents in the same geographic areas.
9.3 Effective use of the unpaired (TDD) block
If the Option 2 model is implemented, the unpaired (TDD) portion (2575-2615 MHz) of the band would be divided in most areas of the country between the MCS (2575-2596 MHz) and MDS (2596-2615 MHz) incumbents. In parts of Ontario and Quebec, the entire 2575-2615 MHz band is held by one incumbent.
If two operators occupy the unpaired (TDD) portion (2575-2615 MHz) of the BRS band in the same service area, a 5 MHz guard band between operators will typically be necessary to minimize interference to their networks.
Figure 8 - Two TDD operators in the centre block
As a result, each operator would have either 16.5 MHz or 18.5 MHz of usable spectrum. However, some current technologies which may be employed in this portion of the band operate on 5, 10, and 15 MHz channel bandwidths. Therefore, possibly only 15 MHz of each block would be effectively usable.
To avoid implementing this additional 5 MHz guard band in the TDD block and to fully benefit from the spectrum available, the entire unpaired (TDD) block (2575-2615 MHz) would need to be operated as a single block. Alternatively, a possible solution to ensure effective use of the TDD block to avoid the frequency guard bands would be to synchronize the two TDD networks. In practice, such a measure could encounter a number of limitations as follows:
- both operators would need to use the same TDD technology (e.g. both use WiMax, LTE, or another TDD technology);
- the two networks would need to use a common timing reference clock;
- the two operators would need to agree on using the same TDD asymmetry factor, limiting their flexibility in offering diverse application and services to end users.
Assuming a successful deployment of systems in this band over the medium to long term, across extended geographical areas, and considering that a TDD operator may have multiple neighbours (in frequency and/or geography), the above-mentioned factors may need to be considered in establishing TDD coordination agreements with more than one other operator. In this context, all networks operating within large regional and potentially national service areas may be required to use synchronized TDD systems and a single technology (e.g. either LTE, WiMax, or another TDD technology).
In order to facilitate efficient use of the unpaired block of spectrum, the Department could rely on market forces to determine how the unpaired block would be operated by a single or multiple operators (e.g. commercial negotiations, secondary market trading, etc.). Alternatively, the Department could set specific technical rules enabling coexistence.
The Department notes that the current MCS and MDS spectrum licence holdings divide at 2596 MHz and thus are not multiples of 5 MHz. If the above solution based on TDD synchronization is implemented, the efficient use of the unpaired TDD block may be further facilitated if this division occurred at a frequency multiple of 5 MHz.
The Department seeks comments on the challenges faced by more than one operator in making efficient use of the TDD block. Should Industry Canada rely on market forces or should it develop specific technical rules to facilitate coexistence between two or more operators and alignment with the Option 2 Band Plan?
The MCS site-specific licences in Manitoba will be grandfathered as per Section 5.1.1. This MCS spectrum is held by the Manitoba school boards and a commercial licensee. Furthermore, it should be noted that the commercial licensee also holds the MDS spectrum.
As noted in Section 5.1.1, the MCS incumbents in Manitoba will be afforded protection from interference from BRS systems in accordance with departmental standards. The incumbents can be mapped into the band as shown in Figure 9:
Figure 9 - Spectrum grandfathered and available for auction in Manitoba
Industry Canada recognizes the complexity in reassigning spectrum in Manitoba. Spectrum trading, as proposed in Section 9.1, may not be as straightforward in this province. Nonetheless, in order to maximize the use of paired frequencies, the Department could exchange certain blocks (e.g. 20 MHz) of the MCS spectrum with an equivalent amount of the MDS incumbents spectrum holdings such that the duplex separation specified in the band plan is maintained, as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10 - Mapping of incumbents after exchange between the Department and MDS incumbent to facilitate the use of paired (FDD) spectrum
In this case, there are two options available to Industry Canada to facilitate this exchange:
- Through a spectrum exchange, allow the MDS incumbent and the Department to trade 20 MHz of spectrum in order to convert their single block of 40 MHz to two FDD blocks of 20 + 20 MHz. Should this exchange not occur, the Department would auction the single 40 MHz block of spectrum, namely 2500-2540 MHz, with the view that post-auction spectrum trading on the secondary market may eventually result in FDD use of this spectrum.
- Through a direct reassignment of spectrum, the Department and the MD S incumbent would be mapped into the new band plan as per Figure 10.
The Department notes that regulatory intervention set out in Option 2 could facilitate the transition to the new band plan in a timely manner. Furthermore it would provide for paired spectrum consistent with the proposed new band plan, for the future auction.
The Department proposes to mandatethe exchange of 20 MHz of the MDS spectrum for 20 MHz of the MCS spectrum as indicated in Figure 10.
Industry Canada seeks comments on this proposal.
In order to enable the orderly planning and deployment of BRS radio systems, a specific time deadline may be imposed for the completion of all the spectrum exchanges or transactions discussed above in Section 9. As well, it is recognized that a period of time beyond March 31, 2011, will be needed to update or replace the existing MCS and MDS radio systems with new systems based on the new BRS band plan and new broadband technologies. This will include transition of current users to new systems.
In particular, it is recognized that where spectrum to be auctioned is affected, transition timingwill have to be determined prior to the auction in order to ensure transparency for incumbents and auction participants.
Industry Canada is seeking comments on the timing aspects related to the physical migration of the existing network facilities to the new band plan, including the timing required for the completion of all transactions regarding spectrum exchanges.
10. Next Steps
Following a decision on the consultation questions raised in sections 8 and 9, and as indicated in Section 9 of DGRB-005-09, Consultation on Transition to Broadband Radio Service (BRS) in the Band 2500-2690 MHz, Industry Canada will initiate a consultation on the policy and licensing frameworks for this spectrum.
Also, as indicated in DGRB-005-09, the Department will consult on a licence fee for BRS licences; the consultation may take place after the auction of available spectrum.
11. Submitting comments
Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.
Written submissions should be addressed to the Senior Director, Spectrum Management Operations, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.
All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and notice reference number DGSO-001-10. Parties should submit their comments no later than August 11, 2010, to ensure consideration. After the close of the comment period, all comments received will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.
The Department will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted until September 10, 2010.
12. Obtaining Copies
All spectrum-related documents referred to in this paper are available on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.
For further information concerning the process outlined in this document or related matters, contact:
Manager, Emerging Networks
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
300 Slater Street, 15th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8
Annex A - List of Site-specific MCS Licences in Manitoba (as of May 2010)
|BORDER LAND SCHOOL DIVISION||DOMINION CITY, MB-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||490827||970957||2502.25||2563.75|
|BORDER LAND SCHOOL DIVISION||VITA, MANITOBA-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||490746||963347||2503.75||2562.25|
|BORDER LAND SCHOOL DIVISION||WOODMORE, MANITOBA-ITV REPEATER||490804||965358||2562.25||2503.75|
|BORDER LAND SCHOOL DIVISION||WOODMORE, MANITOBA-ITV REPEATER||490804||965358||2563.75||2502.25|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||BALDY MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA||512814||1004312||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||BRANDON AREA, MAN-SUBSCRIBER STNS.||495049||995710||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||BRANDON AREA, MAN-SUBSCRIBER STNS.||495049||995710||2539|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||CHATFIELD AREA, MAN-SUBSCRIBER STNS||504702||973417||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||CHATFIELD, MANITOBA||504945||973333||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||DAUPHIN AREA, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STNS.||510858||1000300||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||ELIE AREA, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STATIONS||495406||974532||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||ELIE, MANITOBA-CHMI TV TX SITE||495226||974427||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||FOXWARREN AREA, MAN-SUBSCRIBER STNS||503102||1010907||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||FOXWARREN, MANITOBA||503114||1010425||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||HAYFIELD, MANITOBA-CKX TV TX SITE||494005||1000042||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||HAYFIELD, MANITOBA-CKX TV TX SITE||494005||1000042||2539|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||MINNEDOSA/SHOAL LAKE, MB-SUBSC STNS||502106||1001214||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||NEWDALE, MANITOBA||502038||1001109||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||RIDING MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA||502840||993450||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||RIDING MTN AREA, MB-SUBSCIBER STNS.||503155||992800||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||SELKIRK AREA, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STNS.||500837||965303||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||SELKIRK, MANITOBA||500924||965839||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STATIONS||495345||970821||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STATIONS||495345||970821||2557|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STATIONS||495345||970821||2539|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MAN.-SUBSCRIBER STATIONS||495345||970821||2551|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-TD CENTRE||495344||970822||2533|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-TD CENTRE||495344||970822||2539|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-TD CENTRE||495344||970822||2551|
|CRAIG WIRELESS MANITOBA INC.||WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-TD CENTRE||495344||970822||2557|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||GRUNTHAL, MAN.-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||492409||965137||2502.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||GRUNTHAL, MAN.-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||492409||965137||2569.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||GRUNTHAL, MAN.-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||492409||965137||2571.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||GRUNTHAL, MAN.-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||492409||965137||2575|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||GRUNTHAL, MAN.-SCHOOL ITV SYSTEM||492409||965137||2581|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||LANDMARK, MAN-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||494008||964913||2503.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||LANDMARK, MAN-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||494008||964913||2569.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||LANDMARK, MAN-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||494008||964913||2571.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||LANDMARK, MAN-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||494008||964913||2575|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||LANDMARK, MAN-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||494008||964913||2587|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||NIVERVILLE MB-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||493605||970218||2505.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||NIVERVILLE MB-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||493605||970218||2569.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||NIVERVILLE MB-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||493605||970218||2571.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||NIVERVILLE MB-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||493605||970218||2581|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||NIVERVILLE MB-COLLEGIATE ITV SYSTEM||493605||970218||2587|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2569.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2571.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2575|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2581|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2587|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2502.25|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2503.75|
|HANOVER SCHOOL DIVISION #15||STEINBACH, MANITOBA-RSS ITV SYSTEM||493058||964113||2505.25|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||CARMAN, MB-CARMAN COLLEGIATE (IITV)||493011||975946||2569|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||CARMAN, MB-CARMAN COLLEGIATE (IITV)||493011||975946||2574.25||2505.25|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||CARMAN, MB-CARMAN COLLEGIATE (IITV)||493011||975946||2577.25||2502.25|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE MB - BON HOMME COLONY SCHOOL||495233||975330||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE MB - BON HOMME COLONY SCHOOL||495233||975330||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE MB - WALDHEIM COLONY SCHOOL||495136||974949||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE MB - WALDHEIM COLONY SCHOOL||495136||974949||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE, MANITOBA-ST. PAUL COLLEGIATE||495427||974534||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ELIE, MANITOBA-ST. PAUL COLLEGIATE||495427||974534||2545|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||ELM CREEK, MB-ELM CREEK COLL (IITV)||494027||980011||2502.25||2577.25|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||ELM CREEK, MB-ELM CREEK COLL (IITV)||494027||980011||2569|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||MIAMI, MAN-MIAMI COLLEGIATE (IITV)||492222||981414||2505.25||2574.25|
|PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION||MIAMI, MAN-MIAMI COLLEGIATE (IITV)||492222||981414||2569|
|Prairie Rose School Division||POPLAR PT MB - POPLAR PT COL. SCH.||500227||975641||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||POPLAR PT MB - POPLAR PT COL. SCH.||500227||975641||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.EUSTACHE MB -IBERVILLE COL. SCH.||495819||974118||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.EUSTACHE MB -IBERVILLE COL. SCH.||495819||974118||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB - LAKESIDE COL. SCH.||495440||973355||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB - LAKESIDE COL. SCH.||495440||973355||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB - MAXWELL COL. SCH.||495714||973848||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB - MAXWELL COL. SCH.||495714||973848||2545|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB-BARRICKMAN COL. SCH.||495609||973617||2521|
|Prairie Rose School Division||ST.FRANCOIS MB-BARRICKMAN COL. SCH.||495609||973617||2545|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BALDUR, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||492308||991418||2516.275|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BALDUR, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||492308||991418||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BALDUR, MANITOBA-TRI LEAF COLONY||492014||991354||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2501.05|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2503.15|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2505.25|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2507.35|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2510.5|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2513.65|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2516.275|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||BRUXELLES, MANITOBA-IITV HUB SITE||492944||985200||2518.9|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||CARTWRIGHT, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||490553||992008||2566.25|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||CARTWRIGHT, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||490553||992008||2539.3|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||CYPRESS RIVER, MB-CYPRESS R COLONY||493447||990910||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENBORO, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||493330||991655||2507.35|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENBORO, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||493330||991655||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENBORO, MANITOBA-MILLSHOF COLONY||493559||992029||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENORA, MANITOBA-IITV REPEATER||491507||990931||2513.65|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENORA, MANITOBA-IITV REPEATER||491507||990931||2539.3|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENORA, MANITOBA-IITV REPEATER||491507||990931||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||GLENORA, MANITOBA-IITV REPEATER||491507||990931||2566.25|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||HOLLAND, MANITOBA-OAKRIDGE COLONY||493558||984800||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||MANITOU, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||491206||983234||2505.25|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||MANITOU, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||491206||983234||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB-IITV RPTR||493449||983756||2510.5|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB-IITV RPTR||493449||983756||2539.3|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB-IITV RPTR||493449||983756||2568.35|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB-IITV RPTR||493449||983756||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES, MB-IITV RPTR||493449||983756||2564.15|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||PILOT MOUND, MAN.-WINDY BAY COLONY||492052||985400||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||PILOT MOUND, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||491209||985401||2503.15|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||PILOT MOUND, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||491209||985401||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||SOMERSET, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||492427||983936||2501.05|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||SOMERSET, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||492427||983936||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||ST. CLAUDE, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||493936||982050||2564.15|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||ST. CLAUDE, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||493936||982050||2539.3|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||SWAN LAKE, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||492447||984733||2518.9|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||SWAN LAKE, MANITOBA-ITV SYSTEM||492447||984733||2582.7|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||TREHERNE MANITOBA-SHADY LANE COLONY||494422||983908||2539|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||TREHERNE, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||493720||984154||2568.35|
|PRAIRIE SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION #50||TREHERNE, MANITOBA-IITV SYSTEM||493720||984154||2539.3|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MAN.-ST JAMES COLLEGIATE||495239||971317||2509|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MAN.-ST JAMES COLLEGIATE||495239||971317||2563|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MAN.-ST JAMES COLLEGIATE||495239||971317||2515|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB.-STURGEON CREEK SCHOOL||495312||971607||2509|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB.-STURGEON CREEK SCHOOL||495312||971607||2515|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB.-STURGEON CREEK SCHOOL||495312||971607||2563|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB-JOHN TAYLOR COLLEGIATE||495326||971849||2509|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB-JOHN TAYLOR COLLEGIATE||495326||971849||2563|
|ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA SCHOOL DIV #2||WINNIPEG, MB-JOHN TAYLOR COLLEGIATE||495326||971849||2515|
Annex B - Conditions of Licence
The following conditions apply to licences for the BRS spectrum band 2500-2690 MHz. The Minister has the power to amend the terms and conditions of spectrum licences (paragraph 5(1)(b) of the Radiocommunication Act.) Such power would be exercised only after consultation.
1. Licence Term
This licence will expire on the date indicated above [March 31, 2021]. Licensees must pay the annual licence fee before March 31 of each year for the subsequent year (April 1 to March 31). This licence will have a high expectation of renewal where conditions of licence have been met and the licensee can demonstrate population coverage which is at a minimum consistent with the roll-out targets set out in Annex C unless a fundamental reallocation of spectrum to a new service is required or an overriding policy need arises.
The process for issuing licences after this term and any issues relating to renewal will be determined by the Minister of Industry following a public consultation.
2. Licence Transferability and Divisibility
The licensee may apply, in writing, to transfer its licence in whole or in part (divisibility) in both the bandwidth and geographic dimensions. Departmental approval is required for each proposed transfer of a licence, whether the transfer is in whole or in part. The transferee(s) must also provide an attestation and other supporting documentation demonstrating that it meets the eligibility criteria and all other conditions, technical or otherwise, of the licence.
The Department may define a minimum bandwidth and/or geographic dimension (such as the grid cell) for the proposed transfer. Systems involved in such a transfer shall conform to the technical requirements set forth in the applicable standard.
The licensee may apply to use a subordinate licensing process.
For more information, refer to Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services, as amended from time to time.
A licensee operating as a radiocommunication carrier must comply on an ongoing basis with the eligibility criteria in section 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations. The licensee must notify the Minister of Industry of any change that would have a material effect on its eligibility. Such notification must be made in advance for any proposed transactions within its knowledge.
For more information, refer to Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-15, Canadian Ownership and Control, as amended from time to time.
4. Displacement of Incumbents
The licensee must comply with existing and future transition policies related to the displacement of fixed systems as may be issued.
5. Radio Station Installations
The licensee must comply with Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems, as amended from time to time.
6. Provision of Technical Information
When Industry Canada requests technical information on a particular station or network, the information must be provided by the licensee according to the definitions, criteria, frequency and timelines specified by the Department. For more information, refer to Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services, as amended from time to time.
7. Compliance with Legislation, Regulations and Other Obligations
The licensee is subject to, and must comply with, the Radiocommunication Act, the Radiocommunication Regulations and the International Telecommunication Union's Radio Regulations pertaining to its licensed radio frequency bands. This licence is issued on condition that the certifications made in relation to the licence are all true and complete in every respect. The licensee must use the assigned spectrum in accordance with the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and the spectrum policy applicable to this band.
8. Technical Considerations
The licensee must comply on an ongoing basis with all relevant Radio Standards Specifications and Standard Radio System Plans, as amended from time to time.
9. International and Domestic Coordination
The licensee must comply with the current and future agreements established with other countries. Although frequency assignments are not subject to site licensing, the licensee may be required to furnish all necessary technical data for each relevant site.
The licensee must use its best efforts to enter into mutually acceptable sharing agreements with other parties, which will facilitate the reasonable and timely development of their respective systems, where applicable, and to coordinate with other licensed users in Canada and internationally, where applicable.
10. Lawful Interception
A licensee operating as a radiocommunication carrier and using this spectrum for circuit-switched voice telephony systems must, from the inception of service, provide for and maintain lawful interception capabilities as authorized by law. The requirements for lawful interception capabilities are provided in the Solicitor General's Enforcement Standards for Lawful Interception of Telecommunications. These standards may be amended from time to time.
The licensee may request the Minister of Industry to forbear from enforcing certain assistance capability requirements for a limited period. The Minister, following consultation with Public Safety Canada, may exercise the power to forbear from enforcing a requirement or requirements where, in the opinion of the Minister, the requirement is not reasonably achievable. Requests for forbearance must include specific details and dates indicating when compliance to the requirement can be expected.
11. Research and Development (R&D)
A licensee operating as a radiocommunication carrier must invest, as a minimum, 2 percent of its adjusted gross revenues resulting from its operations in this spectrum averaged over the 10-year term of the licence, in eligible R&D activities related to telecommunications. Eligible R&D activities are those which meet the definition of scientific research and experimental development adopted in the Income Tax Act.
Adjusted gross revenues are defined as total service revenues, less inter-carrier payments, bad debts, third party commissions, and provincial and goods and services taxes collected. Businesses with less than $5 million in annual gross operating revenues are exempt from R&D expenditure requirements, except where they have affiliations with licensees that hold other licences with the R&D condition of licence and where the total annual gross revenues of the affiliated licensees are greater than $5 million.
To facilitate compliance with this condition of licence, the licensee should consult the Department's Guidelines for Compliance with the Radio Authorization Condition of Licence Relating to Research and Development (GL-03).
12. Implementation of Spectrum Usage
The Department will take into account implementation in considering eventual renewal of BRS licences.
13. Mandatory Antenna Tower and Site Sharing
A licensee operating as a radiocommunication carrier must comply with the mandatory antenna tower and site sharing requirements set out in Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-17, Conditions of Licence for Mandatory Roaming and Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and to Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements, as amended from time to time.
To facilitate compliance with this condition of licence, the licensee should consult the Department's Guidelines for Compliance with the Conditions of Licence Relating to Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and to Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements (GL-06).
14. Annual Reporting
The licensee must submit an annual report for each year of the licence term, including the following information:
- a statement indicating continued compliance with all conditions of licence;
- an update on the implementation and spectrum usage within the area covered by the licence;
- existing audited financial statements with an accompanying auditor's report;
- a report of the R&D expenditures for licensees operating as radiocommunication carriers whose annual gross operating revenues exceed $5 million (the Department reserves the right to request an audited statement of R&D expenditures with an accompanying auditor's report);
- supporting financial statements where licensees are claiming an exemption based on an annual gross revenue of less than $5 million; and
- a copy of any existing corporate annual report for the licensee's fiscal year with respect to the authorization.
All reports and statements are to be certified by an officer of the company and submitted, in writing, within 120 days of the licensee's fiscal year end, to the address below. Where a licensee holds multiple licences, the reports should be broken down by service area. Confidential information provided will be treated in accordance with section 20(1) of the Access to Information Act.
Manager, Emerging Networks
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
300 Slater Street, 15th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8
Annex C - Roll-out Targets
The following table lists the roll-out targets per service area.
|Tier||Service Area Name||PopulationFootnote *||Minimum Population
|3-01||Newfoundland and Labrador||505,565||30%|
|3-02||Prince Edward Island||135,851||30%|
|3-03||Mainland Nova Scotia||771,997||40%|
|3-05||Southern New Brunswick||166,961||50%|
|3-06||Western New Brunswick||209,611||30%|
|3-07||Eastern New Brunswick||351,936||30%|
|3-08||Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie||296,745||15%|
|3-35||Sault Ste. Marie||133,591||50%|
|3-59||Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut||101,357||20%|
- 5 Refer to NPRM and Memorandum Opinion and Order FCC 03-56.
- 6 EC decision 477, 2008.
- 7 Reproduced from the FCC, http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/brsebs/data/BRS-EBS-BandPlans.pdf.
- 8 Technologies proposed to be employed in the 2.5 GHz band, such as WiMax and LTE, use channel widths in increments of 5 MHz (i.e. 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz).
- 9 Report ITU-R M.2030; ECC Report 119.
- 10 Remaining after the 2540-2570 and 2660-2690 MHz blocks are returned to the Department as described in Section 8.2.
- 11 Ditto
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