Gazette Notice SMSE-014-12
Department of Industry
Notice No. SMSE-014-12 — Announcement of Intent to License an Interim Satellite for the 14/12 GHz Broadcasting-Satellite Service (BSS) Spectrum at the 95.5°W Orbital Position
This notice announces the receipt of an application from FreeHD Canada Inc. to Industry Canada for a temporary licence to operate an interim satellite, which will be used to provide direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television services. This notice also advises that the Department intends to approve the application and issue the requested licence to FreeHD Canada Inc. permitting its operation on a no-protection, no-interference basis.
The interim satellite will use the frequency bands 14-14.5 GHz (Earth-space) and 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-Earth) at the 95.5°W orbital location. The satellite will operate at low power and is not expected to cause interference to other existing satellite systems. As a normal condition of licence, FreeHD Canada Inc. will also be required to coordinate with nearby satellites. FreeHD Canada Inc. will use the capacity on its interim satellite, in addition to some capacity on foreign satellites, to begin offering its services in early 2013.
FreeHD Canada Inc. plans to use this satellite until its permanent satellite is brought into use in 2015. FreeHD Canada Inc. will then use a 17 GHz band broadcasting satellite at the 95°W position. This 17 GHz satellite will be operated by 95W Canadian Satellite Communications Inc., which has an approval to build and launch a satellite operating in this frequency range.
The Department is hereby providing an opportunity for interested parties to comment on its intention to approve FreeHD's application for a temporary licence to operate a 14-14.5 GHz and 12.2-12.7 GHz satellite on a no-protection, no-interference basis at the 95.5°W orbital position.
Interested parties should submit their comments or interest in the licence no later than July 30, 2012. 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 consider all comments in arriving at a final decision on the application.
Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF), along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used, to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written submissions should be addressed to the Manager, Satellite Authorization, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch, Industry Canada, Room 1570C, 15th Floor, 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-014-12).
Copies of this notice are available electronically on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://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.
June 30, 2012
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch
- Date modified: