Subordinate Licensing Application for Spectrum Licences Held by Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) and TELUS Communications Company (TELUS)

Posted on Industry Canada website: July 31, 2014

Decision Regarding Subordinate Licences

Application

1. On December 2, 2013, Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) and TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) jointly applied for subordinate licences in the cellular, Personal Communications Services (PCS) and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands in various areas of Canada.

2. At the request of Industry Canada, Bell and TELUS subsequently submitted on May 21, 2014, supporting information including the network sharing agreement. A list of the licences involved is in Annex A.

3. The Department reviewed the subordinate licensing application under the relevant provisions of CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services. The parties made the application further to a network sharing agreement (the Agreement).

Decision

4. The subordinate licensing application received from Bell and TELUS for spectrum licences (as listed in Annex A) is approved.

Rationale

5. The Department assessed the subordinate licensing application against the policy objectives and the criteria set out in Section 5.6 of CPC-2-1-23.

6. Industry Canada notes that the nature of the Agreement is such that both parties retain control of their existing licences and contribute resources and equipment towards a joint network.

7. Bell and TELUS already have extensive networks throughout Canada including a joint High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network operating in cellular and PCS spectrum in certain parts of the country. Approving this subordinate licensing application will have no impact on either company’s overall spectrum holdings or distribution, but will enable Bell and TELUS to deliver better coverage and more advanced services, including Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, to their subscribers.

8. The joint network enhances spectrum efficiency and maximizes the benefits that Canadians derive from the use of this spectrum. The Department has determined that approving these subordinate licences will not significantly impact the ability of existing and future competitors to provide services.

Annex A — Spectrum Licences Included in the Subordinate Licensing Application from Bell Mobility Inc. and TELUS Communications Company

PCS and Cellular Spectrum
Zone Service Area Name Primary Licence
Holder
Subordinate to Licence Number Spectrum  Block  MHz
Subdivision of Tier 2-013 British Columbia Bell  TELUS 5123015 1900-1905 MHz and 1980-1985 MHz C2 10
TEL-046 Fort Nelson Area TELUS  Bell 5113395 1865-1870 MHz and 1945-1950 MHz D 10
Fort Nelson Area TELUS  Bell 5113391 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Fort Nelson Area TELUS  Bell 5113392 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-012 Alberta  Bell  TELUS 5123019 1900-1905 MHz and 1980-1985 MHz C2 10
TEL-087 Ottawa - Gatineau Bell  TELUS 5113343 835-840 MHz and 880-885 MHz B 10
Subdivison of Tier 2-008
(Tier 4-090)
Windsor-Leamington Bell  TELUS 5123013 1905-1910 MHz and 1985-1990 MHz C3 10
TEL-085 Quebec City  Bell  TELUS 5113344 835-840 MHz and 880-885 MHz B 10
TEL-017 Québec, Charlevoix, Saguenay,
Saint-Jean-Chrysostome,
Bas Saint-Laurent, Saint-Nicolas,
Saint-Étienne, Deschaillons, Fortierville,
Villeroy, Île d'Orléans,
Tring-Jonction, Lac-aux-Sables,
Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière,
Bellechasse
TELUS  Bell 5113388 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
TEL-002 Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce,
Saint-Georges,
Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce
Bell  TELUS 5123009 1905-1910 MHz and 1985-1990 MHz C3 10
TELUS ILEC Bell  TELUS 5123010 1905-1910 MHz and 1985-1990 MHz C3 10
TELUS ILEC Bell  TELUS 5123017 1865-1870 MHz and 1945-1950 MHz D 10
Tier 2-006 Eastern Ontario and Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5113362 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-006 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5113363 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5113364 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5147606 1885-1890 MHz and 1965-1970 MHz E 10
Cornwall-Brockville TELUS  Bell 5113363 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Cobourg TELUS  Bell 5113363 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-024)
Huntsville TELUS  Bell 5113368 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Huntsville TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008  Toronto TELUS  Bell 5113368 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Toronto TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Barrie TELUS  Bell 5113368 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Barrie TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-028)
Listowel-Goderich-Stratford TELUS  Bell 5113368 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Listowel-Goderich-Stratford TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-031)
Chatham TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-033)
Strathroy TELUS  Bell 5113368 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Strathroy TELUS  Bell 5113369 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-034)
North Bay  TELUS  Bell 5113372 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-035)
Sault Ste Marie  TELUS  Bell 5113372 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-036)
Sudbury TELUS  Bell 5113371 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Sudbury TELUS  Bell 5113372 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-037)
Kirkland Lake  TELUS  Bell 5113371 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Kirkland Lake  TELUS  Bell 5113372 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-008
(Tier 3-038)
Thunder Bay  TELUS  Bell 5113371 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Thunder Bay  TELUS  Bell 5113372 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Tier 2-004 Eastern Quebec TELUS  Bell 5113357 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Tier 2-004 Eastern Quebec TELUS  Bell 5113358 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Tier 2-005 Southern Quebec TELUS  Bell 5113359 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-005 Montreal  TELUS  Bell 5113360 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Montreal  TELUS  Bell 5113361 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
Montreal  TELUS  Bell 5147605 1885-1890 MHz and 1965-1970 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 2-006
(Tier 3-014)
Upper Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5113360 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Upper Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5113361 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
Upper Outaouais TELUS  Bell 5147605 1885-1890 MHz and 1965-1970 MHz E 10
Tier 2-001 Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS  Bell 5113348 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS  Bell 5113349 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS  Bell 5113350 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
Tier 2-002 Nova Scotia-PEI TELUS  Bell 5113351 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Tier 2-003 New Brunswick TELUS  Bell 5113354 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Tier 2-014 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut TELUS  Bell 5113384 1870-1875 MHz and 1950-1955 MHz B1 10
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut TELUS  Bell 5113385 1875-1880 MHz and 1955-1960 MHz B2 10
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut TELUS  Bell 5113386 1880-1885 MHz and 1960-1965 MHz B3 10
AWS Spectrum
Zone Service Area Name Primary Licence
Holder
Subordinate to  Licence Number Spectrum  Block  MHz
Tier 3-001 Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Bell 5076632 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-002 Prince Edward Island TELUS Bell 5076633 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-003 Mainland Nova Scotia TELUS Bell 5076634 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-004 Cape Breton TELUS Bell 5076635 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-005 Southern New Brunswick TELUS Bell 5076636 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-006 Western New Brunswick TELUS Bell 5076637 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-007 Eastern New Brunswick TELUS Bell 5076638 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-008  Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie Bell TELUS 5076691 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-008  Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie TELUS Bell 5076659 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Subdivision of Tier 3-009  Québec Bell TELUS 5076692 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-009 Québec TELUS Bell 5076660 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Subdivision of Tier 3-010  Chicoutimi-Jonquière Bell TELUS 5076693 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-010  Chicoutimi-Jonquière TELUS Bell 5076661 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-012 Trois-Rivières TELUS Bell 5076663 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Subdivision of Tier 3-013  Montréal Bell TELUS 5076695 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-013 Montréal TELUS Bell 5076664 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-014 Upper Outaouais TELUS Bell 5076665 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-017 Abitibi TELUS Bell 5076639 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-011  Eastern Townships TELUS Bell 5076662 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Subdivision of Tier 3-015 Ottawa/Outaouais Bell TELUS 5076697 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-015 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS Bell 5076666 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-016 Pembroke TELUS Bell 5076667 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-018 Cornwall TELUS Bell 5076640 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-019 Brockville TELUS Bell 5076641 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-020 Kingston TELUS Bell 5076642 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-021 Belleville TELUS Bell 5076643 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-022 Cobourg TELUS Bell 5076644 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-023 Peterborough TELUS Bell 5076645 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-024 Huntsville TELUS Bell 5076646 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-025 Toronto TELUS Bell 5076647 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-026 Barrie TELUS Bell 5076648 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-027 Guelph/Kitchener TELUS Bell 5076649 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-028 Listowel/Goderich/Stratford TELUS Bell 5076650 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-029 Niagara-St. Catharines TELUS Bell 5076651 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-030 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas TELUS Bell 5076668 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-031 Chatham TELUS Bell 5076669 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-032 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5076701 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-033 Strathroy TELUS Bell 5076652 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-034 North Bay TELUS Bell 5076653 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-035 Sault Ste. Marie TELUS Bell 5076654 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-036 Sudbury TELUS Bell 5076655 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-037 Kirkland Lake TELUS Bell 5076656 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-038 Thunder Bay TELUS Bell 5076657 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-044 Edmonton Bell TELUS 5076702 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-045 Medicine Hat/Brooks Bell TELUS 5076703 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-046 Lethbridge Bell TELUS 5076704 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-047 Calgary Bell TELUS 5076705 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-048 Red Deer Bell TELUS 5076706 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-050 Kootenays Bell TELUS 5076707 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-051 Okanagan/Columbia Bell TELUS 5076708 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-052 Vancouver Bell TELUS 5076709 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-053 Victoria Bell TELUS 5076710 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-054 Nanaimo Bell TELUS 5076711 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-055 Courtenay Bell TELUS 5076712 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Tier 3-056 Thompson/Cariboo Bell TELUS 5076713 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-057  Prince George Bell TELUS 5076714 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-057  Prince George TELUS Bell 5076688 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Subdivision of Tier 3-058 Dawson Creek Bell TELUS 5076715 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
Subdivision of Tier 3-058  Dawson Creek TELUS Bell 5076689 1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155 MHz F 20
Tier 3-059 Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut TELUS Bell 5076658 1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz E 10
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