Final Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of the 24 and 38 GHz Frequency Bands

Highlights of the Licensing Process for the 24 and 38 GHz Bands

  • A simultaneous multiple round auction will open in early October, 1999. Applications to participate in the auction are due by August 6, 1999.
  • Public information sessions to provide a general overview of this licensing process will be held in the weeks following the publication of this document. These sessions are tentatively scheduled between June 4 and June 23, 1999. Interested parties are invited to visit the department's Strategis Web site (http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/spectrum) to get further information on the location and scheduling of these sessions and to register for them.
  • There are 354 licences available: one 400 MHz licence in the 24 GHz band, one 400 MHz licence in the 38 GHz band and four 100 MHz licences in the 38 GHz band, in each of 59 Tier 3 service areas. The 24 and 38 GHz bands are fully aligned with the same spectrum in the United States.
  • Licences have a term of ten years with a high expectation of renewal.
  • Licences are transferable and divisible in the secondary market. No moratorium is imposed.
  • In an area, any entity and its affiliates, other than an incumbent local exchange carrier whose local exchange area overlaps that area, will be eligible to hold spectrum licences covering frequency assignments aggregating up to a total of 600 MHz of spectrum. A spectrum aggregation limit of 200 MHz is applied to incumbent local exchange carriers and their affiliates in service areas that overlap their local exchange areas. An aggregation limit of 600 MHz is applied to incumbent local exchange carriers and their affiliates in service areas that do not overlap their local exchange areas.
  • Licensees will have the maximum possible flexibility in determining the services they will offer and the technologies they will employ.
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