Gazette Notice SMSE-005-11

Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Posted on Industry Canada website: February 10, 2011
Publication Date in Canada Gazette: February 12, 2011

Notice No. SMSE–005–11 — Decisions on a Band Plan for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework to License Spectrum in the Band 2500–2690 MHz

This notice announces decisions from the consultation process undertaken in Canada Gazette notice DGSO–001–10 — Decisions on the Transition to Broadband Radio Service (BRS) in the Band 2500–2690 MHz and Consultation on Changes Related to the Band Plan. This notice also initiates the consultation on the policy and technical framework to license spectrum in the band 2500–2690 MHz (the 2500 MHz band).

Through a separate consultation initiated by Canada Gazette notice SMSE–018–10 in November 2010, Industry Canada launched its Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum 1 (hereinafter referred to as the "700 MHz consultation").

Developments in the 2500 MHz band and the 700 MHz band have shown that both bands are suitable for the deployment of advanced mobile/broadband networks/services to meet growing user demands. The Department notes that a number of policy–related issues could benefit from concurrent consideration of the development of these two bands, as well as the development of the wireless services market as a whole. Industry Canada is therefore seeking views in the 700 MHz consultation on issues related to spectrum demand and on the possible need for government intervention to promote competition in the wireless services market in the upcoming licensing processes. Interested parties are therefore encouraged to submit their comments with regard to questions on spectrum demand 2 and competition 3 through the 700 MHz consultation process. Comments for the 700 MHz consultation are due on February 28,  2011, and reply comments are due on March 30, 2011. The possible requirement and mechanisms to promote competition specifically applicable to the 2500 MHz band will be addressed within the 2500 MHz consultation paper.

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format to the following e-mail address: Spectrum.planning@ic.gc.ca, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Manager, Mobile Spectrum Planning, Engineering Planning and Standards Branch, Industry Canada, 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 (SMSE–005–11). To ensure consideration, parties should submit their comments no later than April 9, 2011. 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.

The Department will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted until May 9, 2011.

Following the initial comment period, the Department may, at its discretion, request additional information if needed to clarify significant positions or new proposals. In such a case, the reply comment deadline would be extended.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on Industry Canada' 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 Publishing and Depository Services at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

Original signed on February 4, 2011

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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


Footnotes

  1. 1 700 MHz consultation: SMSE–018–10 — Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf09947.html)
  2. 2 See Section 4 of the 700 MHz consultation.
  3. 3 See Section 7 of the 700 MHz consultation.

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