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

Part B – Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework on New BRS Licences (Continued)

5. Auction Timing

In parallel with the preparatory work to license spectrum in the 2500 MHz band, Industry Canada has also begun preparatory work towards the licensing of the spectrum in the 700 MHz band. The Department must consider stakeholder requirements with regard to both bands. For example, consideration of the extent to which stakeholders perceive 2500 MHz and 700 MHz spectrum to be substitutes and/or complements of each other, and the extent to which these perceptions may vary across stakeholders.

In this regard, the Department is seeking views on the most appropriate timing for auction processes as part of the licensing for these bands. Respondents are requested to provide their comments through the 700 MHz consultation process.Footnote 24

6. Next Steps

Following a decision on the questions raised in this consultation paper, including a possible joint auction and licensing process of the 2500 MHz and 700 MHz spectrum, Industry Canada will initiate a consultation on the licensing framework of the 2500 MHz spectrum. This will include, but not be limited to:

  1. auction design, rules and attributes;
  2. discussion regarding opening bids;
  3. implementation details of government intervention to enhance competition, if applicable; and
  4. licence conditions.

7. Submitting Comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following email address: ic.spectrumplanning-planificationduspectre.ic@canada.ca, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.

In addition, respondents are asked to number their paragraphs for ease of referencing. Submissions should also include an executive summary using a standardized report format (maximum five (5) pages, double-spaced in 12-point font).

Written submissions should be addressed to 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). Parties should submit their comments no later than April 9, 2011, to ensure consideration. Soon 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 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.

8. 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, Mobile Spectrum Planning
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8
Telephone: 613-990-4720
Fax: 613-952-5108
email: ic.spectrumplanning-planificationduspectre.ic@canada.ca


Footnotes

Footnote 15

YourLink's MDS licence has been transferred to Inukshuk.

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Footnote 16

Transitioning to 4G: 3GPP Broadband Evolution to IMT-Advanced, Rysavy Research/3G Americas, September 2010, page 22.

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Footnote 17

Report ITU-R M.2134: Requirements related to technical performance for IMT-Advanced radio interface(s), 2008, page 5.

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Footnote 18

HSPA to LTE-Advanced, supra note 2, pages 94 and 98.
http://www.rysavy.com/Articles/2009_09_3G_Americas_RysavyResearch_HSPA-LTE_Advanced.pdf
See also Report ITU-R M.2134, supra note 8.

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Footnote 19

Service Areas for Competitive Licensing:
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01627.html

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Footnote 20

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf05969.html

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Footnote 21

In particular, see sections 4 and 7 of the 700 MHz consultation.

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Footnote 22

Telecom Decision CRTC 0-637, Follow-up to Telecom Decision 8-1 – Proposal by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada to dispose of the funds remaining in their deferral account, 31 August 2010, as amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 0-805, Bell Canada – Applications to review and vary certain determinations in Telecom Decision 0-637 concerning the use of high-speed packet access wireless technology and the deferral account balance, 29 October 2010;

Telecom Decision CRTC 0-638, Follow-up to Telecom Decision 8-1 – Proposal by MTS Allstream Inc. to dispose of the funds remaining in its deferral account, 31 August 2010; and

Telecom Decision CRTC 0-639, Follow-up to Telecom Decision 8-1 – Proposal by TELUS Communications Company to dispose of the funds remaining in its deferral accounts, 31 August 2010.

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Footnote 23

RP-19 – Policy for the Provision of Cellular Services by New Parties (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smtgst.nsf/vwapj/rp019.pdf/$FILE/rp019.pdf)

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Footnote 24

See Question 10-1 in the 700 MHz consultation paper.

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