Policy and Technical Framework
Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) – 700 MHz Band
Broadband Radio Service (BRS) – 2500 MHz Band

Figure B1:  3GPP technical specifications for equipment operating in the 700 MHz band with Block C subdivided into two separate blocks

Description:  This chart shows the general band plan for 700 MHz spectrum. Blocks A, B and C in the Lower 700 MHz band and blocks C1 and C2 in the Upper 700 MHz are paired, whereas blocks D and E in the Lower 700 MHz band are unpaired. Equipment built for these blocks must follow the technical specifications established by the 3GPP, which has identified these frequency ranges as Band 12, 13, 14, and 17. Furthermore, Industry Canada has decided that two MHz guardbands at 756-757 MHz and 776-777 MHz will be held in reserve for future consideration.

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Figure B2: Canadian band plan for the bands 698-756 MHz and 777-787 MHz

Description: This chart shows the general band plan for 700 MHz commercial mobile spectrum to be auctioned. Five blocks (namely, blocks A, B and C in the Lower 700 MHz band and blocks C1 and C2 in the Upper 700 MHz band) are paired, whereas blocks D and E in the Lower 700 MHz band are unpaired.

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Figure B3: Canadian band plan for the Upper 700 MHz band

Description: This chart shows the Canadian band plan for the upper 700 MHz band which includes the public safety broadband (PSBB) block that consists of the 763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz bands and the D block (not to be confused with the unpaired block D in Lower 700 MHz) that consists of the 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz bands.

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Figure C1: General band plan for BRS in the band 2500-2690 MHz

Description: This chart shows the general band plan for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) in the band 2500-2690 MHz. Channels A1 to A14 (2500 to 2570 MHz) are paired with channels A1’ to A14’ (2620 to 2690 MHz). Networks using frequency division duplex (FDD) technology will use channels A1 to A14 for the transmission of their terminal equipment, whereas channels A1’ to A14’ will be used for the transmission of their base stations. Channels B1 to B10 (2570 to 2620 MHz) are unpaired channels. Networks using time division duplex (TDD) technology will use these channels for all equipment. In addition, channel B1 at 2570 MHz to 2575 MHz and channel B10 at 2615 MHz to 2620 MHz are also referred to as Restricted Bands. The operation in the restricted bands is specified in document SMSE-005-11.

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Figure C2: Map of Regions

Description: This figure shows a map of Canada with respect to previous Multipoint Communication Systems (MCS) and Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) licensing. Three Regions are shown. Region A includes the areas where the MDS spectrum has not been licensed. These areas are the Atlantic Provinces, most of Quebec, most of Ontario, the province of Alberta, most of British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Region B includes the areas where both MCS and MDS spectrum have been licensed. These areas are southern areas of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, as well as the province of Saskatchewan. Region C is Manitoba. A more detailed description of the specific areas in each Region can be found in Annex 7 of this document.

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Figure C3: Spectrum available for licensing in Region A

Description: This chart shows that in Region A, channels A5 to A14 paired with A5’ to A14’ (2520 to 2570 MHz paired with 2640 MHz to 2690 MHz), a total of 50+50 MHz of paired spectrum is available for auction. In addition, channels B6 to B10 (2595 MHz to 2620 MHz), a total of 25 MHz of unpaired spectrum is also available for auction. The figure also shows that in the unpaired spectrum channel B10 (2615 MHz to 2620 MHz) MHz is a Restricted Band.

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Figure C4: Spectrum available for licensing in Region B

Description: This chart shows that in Region B, channels A9 to A14 paired with A9’ to A14’ (2540 MHz to 2570 MHz paired with 2660 MHz to 2690 MHz), a total of 30+30 MHz of paired spectrum is available for auction.

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Figure C5: Spectrum available for licensing in Region C

Description: This chart shows that in Region C, channels A1 to A4 paired with A1’ to A4’ (2500 MHz to 2520 MHz paired with 2620 MHz to 2640 MHz) and channels A9 to A14 paired with A9’ to A14’ (2540 MHz to 2570 MHz paired with 2660 MHz to 2690 MHz), a total of 50+50 MHz of paired spectrum is available for auction. In addition, channels B1 to B5 (2570 MHz to 2595 MHz), a total of 25 MHz of unpaired spectrum is also available for auction. The figure also shows that in the unpaired spectrum channel B1 (2570 MHz to 2575 MHz) MHz is a Restricted Band.

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Annex 2: Option 1 Band Plan Architecture (U.S. Band Plan)

Description: This chart shows the 700 MHz band plan used in the United States and identifies the paired blocks in the Lower 700 MHz band (namely, blocks A, B and C) and the paired blocks in the Upper 700 MHz band (namely, C and D).

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Annex 2: Option 2a Band Plan Architecture (Modified U.S. Band Plan)

Description: This chart shows a slight variation to the 700 MHz band plan used in the United States. Option 2a allows for up to four licensees to acquire paired commercial spectrum in the 700 MHz band; one 8+8 MHz block, two 10+10 MHz blocks and one 11+11 MHz block. The use of the commercial spectrum adjacent to public safety operations is pending the decision on spectrum use for broadband public safety.

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Annex 2: Option 2b Band Plan Architecture (Modified U.S. Band Plan)

Description: This chart shows another variation to the 700 MHz band plan used in the United States. In Option 2b, up to seven licensees may have access to the 700 MHz paired spectrum; six blocks of 5+5 MHz and one block of 3+3 MHz. The use of the commercial spectrum adjacent to public safety operations is pending the decision on spectrum use for broadband public safety.

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Annex 2: Option 3 Band Plan Architecture (APT Band plan for FDD operations in the 698-806 MHz range)

Description: This chart shows the 700 MHz band plan adopted by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). This band plan accommodates frequency division duplexing (FDD) operation across the entire band, with a centre gap of 10 MHz separating the mobile transmit and receive ranges. It should be noted that this band plan, however, does not have frequencies designated for public safety services.

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Annex 4: Tier 1 (National Licence)

Description: A Tier 1 licence is a single national service area spanning across the country.

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Annex 4: Tier 2 (14 Large Service Areas)

Description: A Tier 2 licence covers 14 large service areas (which includes provinces and territories).

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Annex 4: Tier 3 (59 Smaller Regional Service Areas)

Description: A Tier 3 licence covers 59 smaller regional service areas

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Annex 4: Tier 4 (172 Localized Service Areas)

Description: A Tier 4 licence covers 172 localized service areas

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