Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum

5.2 Options for use of 758-768 MHz Paired with 788-798 MHz for Public Safety and/or Commercial Systems

The public safety community uses spectrum to communicate on a day-to-day basis, in emergency situations and for disaster relief. Land mobile systems are used by public safety agencies to provide critical communications between individuals, to large groups at the same time and between individuals and command centres. Mobile broadband applications may be used by public safety agencies to provide information such as pictures, blueprints, real-time video feeds, fast record transfer, etc., which could improve situational awareness and response time.

Communication among public safety agencies is imperative, particularly in the event of an emergency or a disaster. Therefore, interoperability is an important requirement for the public safety community. Common spectrum for public safety systems is one of several means to facilitate interoperability.

Following the release of the consultation paper seeking comments on various aspects of radio interoperability in June  2006, the Department published the Radio Systems Policy RP-25, Policy Principles for Public Safety Radio Interoperability, in June 2009. In RP-25, the Department defines public safety services as services involving safety of life and property. The Department further defines the categories of users or agencies that may be eligible for licensing in designated public safety spectrum as follows Footnote 21 :

Category 1 – police, fire and emergency medical services;

Category 2 – forestry, public works, public transit, hazardous material clean-up, border protection, and other agencies contributing to public safety; and

Category 3 – other government agencies and certain non-governmental organizations or entities.

In addition, the policy indicates that radio interoperability is the capability of a public safety agency to communicate by radio (either directly or via a network) with another public safety agency, on demand (planned and unplanned) and in real time. It also provides examples of what constitutes multi-jurisdictional radio interoperability, which could include communicating with U.S. public safety agencies.

Finally, the Department indicated in RP-25 that, for each band designated for public safety, it will establish the requirements and priority for licensing based on consultations and the categories listed above. The Department will also establish, through future public consultation, specific radio interoperability requirements for the spectrum to be designated or made available for public safety.

Public safety systems operate in many frequency bands. As mentioned above, there are designated bands for public safety (listed in Table 5.5 below), where public safety agencies have exclusive use. Additionally, public safety agencies are major users in the VHF and UHF land mobile bands.

Table 5.5 — Bands Designated for Public Safety
Designated Public Safety Bands Amount of Spectrum Utilization
220-222 MHz 0.15 MHz Land mobile : 15 x (5 + 5) kHz channels throughout the 220-222 MHz band
764-768 MHz and 794-798 MHz 8 MHz Under discussion in this consultation
768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz 16 MHz Land mobile: Narrowband + Wideband
821-824 MHz and 866-869 MHz 6 MHz Land mobile
4940-4990 MHz 50 MHz Broadband mobile and fixed

The 220 MHz and 700 MHz bands designated for public safety use are fairly new and licensing has only begun. Details on the 700 MHz public safety band are provided in the following pages. The narrowband portion of the 700 MHz public safety band also includes interoperability channels, aligned with the United States, which can be used for cross-border communications.

The 800 MHz public safety band has been in use since the mid 1990s. Use of this band has doubled since 1998, and it is now at the point where there are very few available channels in metropolitan areas.

The 4.9 GHz band was designated for public safety broadband in 2006 in order to harmonize with the United States and to facilitate interoperable networks and services among public safety agencies. However, at these higher frequencies, more infrastructure (i.e. towers and backhaul) is required given that signals only travel over short distances and have reduced penetration through walls and other physical obstacles. Consequently, a network in the 4.9 GHz band will have very limited mobility, may employ specific topologies (e.g. mesh network) and will be used for specific applications not requiring wide area coverage. The scarcity of equipment available to date makes it even more difficult to deploy in this band. As a result, there is currently very limited deployment in this band.

In order to have a complete public record, the Department invites all respondents, in particular the public safety and commercial stakeholders, to provide comments to the following questions.

5-3. Do public safety agencies need spectrum for broadband applications? If so:

  1. How much and for which type of applications?
  2. What are the anticipated deployment plans and the possible constraints, if any, in implementing these plans?
  3. Is there suitable alternate spectrum to the 700 MHz to meet these broadband requirements?

5-4. Comments are sought on the need for public safety broadband radio systems to be interoperable:

  1. between various Canadian public safety agencies;
  2. between Canadian and U.S. public safety agencies.

5-5. What are the challenges faced today by public safety agencies to have cross-border radio interoperability in other frequency bands?

Supporting rationale for your responses to the above questions should be provided.

In June 2009, Industry Canada adopted a band plan for spectrum designated for public safety in the Upper 700 MHz band similar to the band plan adopted in the United States. The Canadian and U.S. band plans are shown in Figure 5.7, (a) and (b) respectively.

Figure 5.7 — Canadian and U.S. Band Plan for Public Safety
Figure 5.7 - Canadian and U.S. Band Plan for Public Safety (the link to the long description is located below the image)

Description of Figure 5.7

Note: In Canada, the narrowband/wideband designation for public safety includes the spectrum designated as guardbands in the United States: 768-769/798-799 MHz and 775-776/805-806 MHz..

In the United States, the sub-bands 763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz (10 MHz in total) are designated for public safety broadband. While the PSST holds the single nationwide licence for the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum, the FCC is currently issuing waivers for various public safety agencies for the deployment of local and/or statewide public safety broadband networks.

The sub-bands 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz, which are collectively referred to as the "D Block" (originally intended for use by a public-private partnership), are also designated for mobile broadband. The Government of the United States has yet to decide who will have access to the D Block and how that will happen. There is general agreement that public safety agencies would only need access to the D Block in emergency events; however, it is also recognized that densely populated areas such as New York City might require access on a daily basis. Views are divided on the issue of who should hold the licence. Some organizations are of the view that the D Block should be designated for use by public safety agencies, which would then lease their extra capacity to commercial operators, whereas others consider that the D Block should be auctioned for commercial use with public safety agencies being given roaming and priority access rights.

In the context of public safety agencies using commercial mobile systems, priority access is generally defined as a system capability enabling calls or traffic sessions with higher priority to be placed at the front of the traffic management queue for system resources. In cases of congestion, a high priority call or data session would have to wait until radio system resources are freed, and then would be the first one to be serviced while other lower priority requests (even if placed earlier) would continue to wait in queue.

Preemption allows a higher priority call to displace lower priority calls. When there is congestion, the system will terminate other lower priority calls or data sessions, freeing radio system resources immediately in order to service the higher priority request.

In Canada, the sub-bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz (16 MHz in total) have been designated for public safety narrowband and wideband. Although an additional 8 MHz has also been designated for public safety in the sub-bands 764-768 MHz and 794-798 MHz, its use has yet to be defined. In Canada, in the 700 MHz band, there is currently no spectrum designated for public safety broadband. Furthermore, the sub-bands 758-764 MHz and 788-794 MHz, which correspond to the U.S. D Block plus an extra 1 MHz (763-764 MHz and 793-794 MHz), have not been subject to consultation.

5-6. Notwithstanding your responses to questions 5-3 to 5-5, the Department seeks comments on whether public safety broadband needs can be met by using commercial systems with priority access rights for public safety, at commercial rates.

  1. Your views and comments are invited on priority access rights, including pre-emption, and on the feasibility of such a system.
  2. What public safety technical and operational requirements cannot be met by commercial systems, from either a public safety or commercial operator point of view?
  3. What specific rules, if any, should be mandated by the Department to make such a system viable?

5-7. Comments are sought on the need for regional (local, provincial, etc.) dedicated broadband networks to provide access to all public safety agencies, and the institutional Footnote 22 feasibility of implementing such a system..

5-8. Is there a need for a dedicated national interoperable broadband network to provide access to all public safety agencies? The Department seeks comments on the institutional feasibility of implementing such a system.

Provide supporting arguments for your responses to the above questions.

700 MHz Band Plan Architecture for Public Safety Systems.

The current Canadian spectrum designation to public safety of 4 + 4 MHz does not align with the United States, would complicate cross-border interoperability and may require unique equipment to be developed. Therefore, it is not being considered as a practical band plan configuration.

In preparation for the auction of the 700 MHz commercial spectrum, Industry Canada is considering the following three options with respect to designating spectrum for broadband public safety and/or commercial systems use in the sub-bands 758-768 MHz and 788-798 MHz:

  • Option 1 designates 5 + 5 MHz to public safety systems and 5 + 5 MHz to commercial systems;.
  • Option 2 designates the entire 10 + 10 MHz of spectrum for commercial systems, with possible provisions for priority access for public safety systems;
  • Option 3 designates the entire 10 + 10 MHz of spectrum for public safety systems.

Options 1 and 3 assume that public safety agencies will deploy private broadband networks dedicated to public safety agencies, including radio access and backhaul networks. One of the considerations to be addressed is how to ensure that all public safety services (firefighters, paramedics and police) have access to the public safety broadband network.

Considering that the sub-band 758-763 MHz/788-793 MHz (referred to as the "D Block") is still under discussion in the United States regarding whether or not it will be attributed to public safety or if it will be auctioned, the Department may opt to wait until a decision is made in the United States before making a decision in Canada.

It should be noted that for all three options discussed below, no changes are proposed with respect to the sub-bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz that have already been designated for narrowband and wideband public safety use. It should be noted, however, that these 3 options would not be compatible with the APT band plan (Option 3 in Section 5.1).

Option 1: 5 + 5 MHz designated for public safety, 5 + 5 MHz to auction.

Option 1 enables harmonization with the existing U.S. band plan by increasing the contiguous spectrum designated for public safety from 4 MHz + 4 MHz to 5 MHz + 5 MHz. With this option, the sub-bands 763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz are designated for public safety broadband, whereas the remaining upper 700 MHz spectrum, including the spectrum that constitutes the "D Block" in the United States, is to be auctioned for commercial use, as shown in Figure 5.8. In addition, public safety agencies may be granted priority access rights over commercial systems in the sub-bands 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz.

Figure 5.8 — 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 1
Figure 5.8 - 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 1 (the link to the long description is located below the image)

Description of Figure 5.8

* This block refers to the D Block, as defined in the United States.

Option 2: 10 + 10 MHz to auction.

Option 2 reassigns the spectrum previously designated for public safety in the sub-bands 764-768 MHz and 794-798 MHz for commercial use, as shown in Figure 5.9. This spectrum provides for 10 MHz +10 MHz of contiguous spectrum for commercial operations. With Option 2, there is no 700 MHz broadband spectrum specifically dedicated for use by public safety agencies. Instead, the two blocks of spectrum (10 + 10 MHz) will be auctioned to commercial operators with possible provisions giving priority access rights to public safety agencies, such as pre-emption, and ensuring that both the technical and interoperability (national and international) requirements specific to public safety are met. To meet these requirements, a Tier 1 (national) licensing area may be applicable for this band plan option or licensees may be obliged to agree to a single common technology standard.

Figure 5.9 — 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 2
Figure 5.9 - 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 2 (the link to the long description is located below the image)

Description of Figure 5.9

* This block includes the D Block commercial spectrum.

Option 3: 10 + 10 MHz designated for public safety.

Option 3 designates the spectrum that comprises the "D Block" in the United States plus the extra 1 MHz in the sub-bands 763-764 MHz and 793-794 MHz for public safety broadband use, as shown in Figure 5.10. This spectrum, combined with the already designated public safety spectrum in the sub-bands 764-768 MHz and 794-798 MHz, provides for 10 MHz +10 MHz of contiguous spectrum, i.e. 758-768 MHz and 788-798 MHz, for public safety broadband operations..

Figure 5.10 — 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 3
Figure 5.10 - 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum – Option 3 (the link to the long description is located below the image)

Description of Figure 5.10

5-9. If band plan Option 1, 2a, or 2b in Section 5.1 is chosen, which one of the three options described above should be adopted and why is this option preferred over the other options? Provide supporting rationale.

5-10. If commercial operators are mandated to support public safety services, what tier size should be applied in order to ensure adequate public safety coverage?.

5-11. If the APT band plan (See Option 3 in Section 5.1) is adopted:.

  1. Given that the APT band plan requires a 55 MHz duplexing separation, can Canadian public safety services operate their current narrowband systems in this band plan configuration? If not, what are possible alternatives to address public safety needs?
  2. Should spectrum be designated for dedicated public safety broadband systems, and how much?

You are also invited to comment on any related aspects that are not addressed above, including whether the decision should be delayed until the U.S. situation is known.

5.3 Tier Sizes for 700 MHz Auction of Commercial Spectrum

The licences for the 700 MHz band will be established in accordance with the Service Areas for Competitive Licensing document, Footnote 23 which outlines the general service areas that are proposed for an auction. The defined geographic areas have been categorized under "service area tiers" that are based on Statistics Canada's Census Divisions and Subdivisions. The definition of the service areas within these tiers and accompanying maps and data tables are available on Industry Canada's website. As different wireless services and applications are best suited to different service areas, four tiers of service areas have been established. Tier 1 is a single national service area. Tier 2 consists of 14 large service areas covering all of Canada. There are eight Tier 2 service areas that have provincial/territorial boundaries, and six that are within Ontario and Quebec. Tier 3 contains 59 smaller regional service areas and Tier 4 comprises 172 localized service areas. The population associated with each service area is based on Statistics Canada census information.

In general, Tier 1 and Tier 2 licences have typically been used for mobile services, whereas Tier 3 and 4 have typically been used for licensing fixed services.

AWS spectrum was auctioned using a mixture of Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas. As was shown in Figure 5.1, the 700 MHz band was auctioned in the United States as a mix of service areas to enable deployment under a variety of business models. The smallest area used by the FCC was the Cellular Market Area (CMA), which, population-wise, is roughly equivalent to the Tier 3 service areas in Canada.

The propagation characteristics of the 700 MHz band are most conducive to high mobility applications due to low over-the-air propagation losses and feasibility of small size antennas enabling the development of personal portable communication devices.

Licensing this spectrum based on larger geographic areas would result in fewer neighbouring service providers, translating into less coordination between licensees and more effective use of radio spectrum. Moreover, large service areas could foster regional mobile services, which could reduce the number of roaming arrangements between licensees.

Larger geographic service areas would also enable efficient large-scale networks due to economies of scale. Wireless mobile networks are capital-intensive. Considerable capital and operational costs are required for items not directly related to the provision of wireless coverage in the field (research and development, network interconnection(s), operation and support systems, marketing, etc.). These costs need to be supported from services marketed to a sufficiently large subscriber base. Furthermore, a large or national footprint may be an asset when marketing high mobility services.

Licensing based on smaller tier sizes provides additional flexibility to bidders, who can concentrate on the geographic markets of most interest, or aggregate smaller service areas into larger regions corresponding to their business needs. This may result in potential lower costs for bidders, if the smaller markets (rural and remote areas) are unbundled from the high-density, high-revenue areas. It may also enable smaller local service providers to afford the less expensive licences and provide services in their communities.

As part of this consultation, the Department seeks comments on which tier size or combination of tier sizes should be used for auctioning the 700 MHz band.

The questions below seek comments on tier sizes specifically in relation to a respondent's preferred band plan. Comments pertaining to tier sizes as they relate to the promotion of service deployment in remote and rural areas are not considered below and should be addressed within the responses to Section 8 of this consultation.

5-12. The Department seeks comments on whether the auction of 700 MHz commercial spectrum should be based on uniform tier sizes across all spectrum blocks, or a mixture of tier sizes..

5-13. Based on your answer above, what tier size(s) should be adopted?.

Provide supporting arguments for your responses to the above questions..

5.4 Treatment of Existing Spectrum Users

Besides over-the-air TV broadcasting, low-power devices, including wireless microphones, are currently licensed in the 700 MHz band. Full power TV broadcasting will be transitioned out of the band and new mobile broadband services will be deployed in the 700 MHz range. No decision has been made with regard to the treatment of low-power TV broadcasting which may continue to operate in the above bands following the DTV transition. Furthermore, no firm date has been established after which the use of low-power wireless devices, including wireless microphones, will be prohibited in the bands 698-764 MHz and 776-794 MHz.

The Department seeks comments on the options for the treatment of these existing users currently operating in the 698-764 MHz and 776-794 MHz bands.

Low-Power Television (LPTV) Broadcasting.

In March 2010, the CRTC released Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-167 to announce its decision with regard to the analog-to-digital television broadcasting conversion. In this policy, the CRTC confirmed the deadline of , for the transition of full-power analog transmitters operating in the 31 identified mandatory markets and for those operating on channels 52-69 outside the mandatory markets. The broadcasters outside the mandatory markets who choose not to convert to digital must either move their service(s) to a channel outside the 52 to 69 range or must cease operation of their analog transmitter(s).

In its decision, the CRTC did not make any provisions specific to LPTV broadcasting operations. Industry Canada is responsible for establishing the policy to accommodate these installations in the vacated TV spectrum. Following the DTV post-transition plan, approximately 60 LPTV stations will remain in the 700 MHz band, specifically in the 52-69 channel range.

Consistent with a letter sent to the CRTC in 2000, Footnote 24 Industry Canada indicated that, with respect to the DTV transition, "unless there are extraordinary circumstances, it will not issue broadcasting certificates for low-power TV stations in channels 60-69." This moratorium on new broadcasting certificates for low-power TV stations remains in effect. In addition, effective immediately, no new broadcasting certificates will be issued for low power TV stations in TV channels 52-59 (698-746 MHz).

As indicated in Broadcasting Procedures and Rules Part 4 (BPR-4), Application Procedures and Rules for Television Broadcasting Undertakings, LPTV stations are considered as secondary assignments, on a no-interference, no-protection basis to TV stations operating on allotted channels and to other radio services. LPTV stations are only entitled to protection from other low-power stations authorized at a later date and from very low-power television stations.

The Department proposes that a transition policy for the LPTV stations be implemented based on the displacement of incumbents on a "where necessary" basis. The continued operation of existing LPTV systems in remote and rural areas will be permitted if it does not prevent the deployment of new broadband mobile systems. LPTV station licensees would be afforded a notification period before displacement following the licensing of new services in the 700 MHz band.

Effective immediately, no new broadcasting certificates will be issued for LPTV stations in TV channels 52-59 (698-746 MHz)..

The Department proposes that the displacement of the incumbent LPTV stations be subject to a notification period of one year for LPTV stations located in urban areas Footnote 25 or in specific geographic areas, such as along highway corridors; and a period of two years for LPTV stations in all other areas. A displacement notification can be issued only after technical determination is made concluding that continued operation of the incumbent LPTV station would impede the deployment of new licensed systems in the 700 MHz band..

5-14. The Department seeks comments on the transition policy proposed above..

Low-power licensed devices, including wireless microphones.

The band 698-806 MHz has been widely used by low-power licensed radiocommunication devices, including wireless microphones, subject to licensing on a no-protection, no-interference basis. In Spectrum Advisory Bulletin SAB-001-10, Footnote 26 released in January 2010, Industry Canada announced that no new licences for low-power licensed radiocommunication devices will be issued nor will the Department accept applications for certification of such devices in the band 698-806 MHz. In bands other than 764-776 MHz and 794-806 MHz, which are dedicated to public safety systems, wireless microphones were allowed to continue to operate, as per SAB-001-10.

Allowing low-power devices, including wireless microphones, to continue to operate in this band may cause interference to new commercial and possible future public safety deployments planned for this band. In the United States, the FCC is prohibiting the manufacturing, importation and sale of wireless microphones and other low-power auxiliary stations intended for use in the 700 MHz band in order to ensure that both public safety and commercial mobile licensees can operate interference-free in this band. Footnote 27. In Canada, implementing a similar ban on wireless microphones in the 700 MHz band will also limit the number of wireless microphones entering the country.

In addition, Radio Standards Specifications RSS-123, Low Power Licensed Radiocommunication Devices, and Client Procedure Circular CPC-2-1-11, Low-power Licensed Radiocommunication Devices, are currently under review and will be updated accordingly in order to revise the applicable equipment standards and licensing of these devices.

RSS-123 and CPC-2-1-11 will also be modified to include stopping the manufacturing, importation, distributing, leasing, offering for sale or selling of any equipment that does not comply with the applicable revised standards, in the band 698-806 MHz. This prohibition will also apply to all equipment, including equipment that has been certified to meet the former standards.

In accordance with SAB-001-10, these devices are permitted to operate in the public safety bands, 764-776 MHz and 794-806 MHz, only until . The Department proposes to publish an additional Spectrum Advisory Bulletin to permit operation of these devices in the remaining bands (698-764 MHz and 776-794 MHz) only until .

5-15. The Department seeks comments regarding its proposal to permit low-power licensed devices, including wireless microphones, to operate in the band 698-764 MHz and 776-794 MHz only until ..

6. Changes to Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

At the 2007 World Radio Conference (WRC-07), the ITU identified additional spectrum for use by IMT systems within the 698-862 MHz UHF band and allocated this spectrum to the mobile service. More specifically, for each ITU Region, Footnote 28 IMT is now identified for use in:

  • Region 1: 790-960 MHz
  • Region 2: 698-960 MHz
  • Region 3: 790-960 MHz Footnote 29

Internationally, portions of the UHF band are currently being used for television broadcasting in some countries. From a technical perspective, this band is of particular interest to the industry for mobile broadband services due to favourable propagation characteristics that allow for the deployment of cost-effective wide area networks and enhanced in-building coverage.

Frequency allocations are an important first step in developing spectrum utilization policies that foster the implementation of new radiocommunication services. Modifications to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations (herein referred to as the Canadian Table)are intended to reflect the public interest in introducing new wireless services that benefit Canadians and respond to marketplace demands. As a result, the Department is proposing several modifications to the Canadian Table to allow for the implementation of new mobile services in the 700 MHz band, including commercial mobile radio services.

Currently, the Canadian Table allows for the Broadcasting and Mobile services in certain portions of the 700 MHz band as follows:

Table 6.1 — Excerpt from the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, 2009 Table Edition.

2009 Table Edition
614 - 746
secondary serviceBroadcastingend secondary service
5.293 C24
746 - 806
secondary serviceBroadcastingend secondary service
secondary serviceMobile 5.317A C7end secondary service

5.293 C22 C24

The footnotes in the Canadian Table are currently defined as follows:

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 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-07).

5.317A Those parts of the band 698-960 MHz in Region 2 and the band 790-960 MHz in Regions 1 and 3 which are allocated to the mobile service on a primary basis are identified for use by administrations wishing to implement International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT). See Resolutions 224 (Rev. WRC-07) and 749 (WRC-07). 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-07).

C7 (CAN-09) International Footnote 5.317A provides administrations with the flexibility to implement International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in parts of the band 698-960 MHz that are allocated to the mobile service on a primary basis. For the time being, the application of 5.317A is limited to the bands designated for cellular mobile telephony and trunked mobile systems. The bands 824-849 MHz and 869-894 MHz are designated for cellular telephony services and the bands 806-821 MHz, 851-866 MHz, 896-902 MHz and 935-941 MHz are designated for trunked mobile services and, as such, can evolve to accommodate IMT service capabilities.

C22 (CAN-04) In the band 746-806 MHz, the gradual use of spectrum for the mobile service will be subject to the development of a series of spectrum utilization policies as the transition of digital television progresses.

C24 (CAN-04) In the bands 470-512 MHz and 614-806 MHz, international footnote 5.293 has raised the fixed and mobile services to a co-primary status with the broadcasting service for Canada. To support broadcasting requirements during the transition to digital television, the Department is only allocating the mobile service in the band 746-806 MHz at this time. The Department will carry out public consultation in the future in order to adopt the other service allocation provisions of international footnote 5.293 in the frequency bands 470-512 MHz and 614-746 MHz.

The Department proposes to make the following changes to the Canadian Table in the band 614-806 MHz:

  • modify the split between the bands 614-746 MHz and 746-806 MHz as follows: 614-698 MHz and 698-806 MHz;
  • extend the co-primary mobile service allocation to include 698-746 MHz;
  • add a co-primary fixed allocation for the 698-806 MHz range;
  • suppress footnote C22 (CAN-04) given that spectrum utilization policies for this band will be developed as a result of this consultation;
  • modify footnote C24 (CAN-04) to change the frequency range subject to a future consultation on adopting the other service provisions of 5.293 from 614-746 MHz to 614-698 MHz and to delete certain parts of the footnote pertaining to the transition to digital television; and
  • extend the revised international footnote 5.317A (Footnote C7), which allows administrations the flexibility to implement IMT in the band 698-746 MHz.

Taking into consideration the proposed changes to the band 698-806 MHz, the following modifications to the Canadian Table are proposed.

Proposed modifications to the Canadian Table
614 – 698begin proposed deletion746end proposed deletion

secondary service Broadcastingend secondary service

5.293 MOD C24

begin proposed deletion746end proposed deletionbegin proposed addition698end proposed addition - 806

secondary service Broadcastingend secondary service
begin proposed additionsecondary serviceFixedend secondary serviceend proposed addition
secondary serviceMobile 5.317A MOD C7end secondary service

5.293 begin proposed deletionC22end proposed deletion begin proposed deletionC24end proposed deletion

SUP.

begin proposed deletionC22 (CAN-04) In the band 746-806 MHz, the gradual use of spectrum for the mobile service will be subject to the development of a series of spectrum utilization policies as the transition of digital television progresses.end proposed deletion

MOD

C24 (CAN-04)In the bands 470-512 MHz and 614-806 MHz, international footnote 5.293 has raised the fixed and mobile services to a co-primary status with the broadcasting service for Canada. begin proposed deletionTo support broadcasting requirements during the transition to digital television, the Department is only allocating the mobile service in the band 746-806 MHz at this time.end proposed deletion The Departmentbegin proposed deletion,end proposed deletion will carry out public consultation in the future in order to adopt the other service allocation provisions of international footnote 5.293 in the frequency bands 470-512 MHz and 614-698 MHz.

MOD.

C7 (CAN-09)International Footnote 5.317A provides administrations with the flexibility to implement International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in parts of the band 698-960 MHz that are allocated to the mobile service on a primary basis. For the time being, the application of 5.317A is limited to the bands designated for begin proposed additioncellular mobile radio systemsend proposed addition begin proposed deletioncellular mobile telephony and trunked mobile systemsend proposed deletion. primary serviceThe bands 698-764end proposed addition Footnote 30 primary serviceMHz and 776-794end proposed addition Footnote 29 MHz, 824-849 MHz and 869-894 MHz are designated for begin proposed additioncellular mobile radio systemsend proposed addition begin proposed deletioncellular telephony servicesend proposed deletion and the bands 806-821 MHz, 851-866 MHz, 896-902 MHz and 935-941 MHz are designated for trunked mobile services and, as such, can evolve to accommodate IMT service capabilities.

6-1. The Department seeks comments on its proposed changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations for the band 698-806 MHz.

Spectrum Utilization Policy.

In RP-014, issued in 1995, Industry Canada clarified the definition of a cellular mobile radio service (CMRS), and placed no limitations on the types of mobile radio or personal communications applications to be deployed in the cellular mobile bands.

The Department proposes to refer to the commercial radio systems to be deployed in the 700 MHz band as Mobile Broadband Services (MBS). The MBS systems would be compliant with the RP-14 definition for CMRS. Subject to technical compatibility considerations, there will be no restrictions on the services to be offered by licensees under MBS. The 700 MHz band will be dedicated to MBS with the exception of any frequency ranges possibly designated for public safety.

6-2. The Department seeks comments on the spectrum utilization policy proposed above.
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