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

1. Introduction

In the Speech from the Throne on September 23, 1997, the Canadian Government reiterated its determination to place Canada at the forefront of the information revolution by making Canada the most connected nation in the world by the year 2000. To further this objective, the Minister of Industry announced on June 1, 1998 that Industry Canada was launching a spectrum licensing process for the 24 and 38 GHz microwave bands.

A public consultation paper on the licensing of the 24 and 38 GHz bands was published in August 1998. Comments and reply comments were received in December 1998 and January 1999, respectively. The department wishes to express its sincere thanks to all those who took the time to participate in the consultation process.

The department also wishes to thank the Law and Economics Consulting Group, Charles River Associates, and Market Design Incorporated for their assistance and expert advice. Furthermore, thanks are due to spectrum auction managers with other administrations, including Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, who shared their insights on auctioning "best practices".

After reviewing and analysing the input received, the department is now in a position to define the final policy framework for these bands and to lay out the rules and procedures of the licensing process for them. Through the publication of this document, Industry Canada initiates the process leading to Canada's first spectrum auction.

Details on the policies and licensing procedure for the 24 and 38 GHz bands are laid out in the remainder of this document.

All enquiries should be addressed to:

Earl Hoeg
Manager, Wireless Networks
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street, 1522A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8
Telephone: 613–990–7176
Fax: 613–991–3514

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