Deemed Transfer of Spectrum Licences Held by O.N. Tel Inc. Operating as Ontera (ONtel) to Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc. (Bell Aliant)

Posted on Industry Canada website: October 1, 2014

Deemed Transfer Decision

Application:

1. On April 15, 2014, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, as sole shareholder of O.N. Tel Inc. operating as Ontera, and Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc. jointly submitted a request to Industry Canada for approval of a Deemed Transfer of one cellular spectrum licence, three Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum licences and one Wireless Communication Service (WCS) spectrum licence as set out in Annex A (the "Licences").

2. The proposed transaction triggers an assessment under Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services, which incorporates the Framework Relating to Transfers, Divisions and Subordinate Licensing of Spectrum Licences for Commercial Mobile Spectrum.

3. The capitalized terms not defined in this transfer decision have the meaning set out in CPC 2-1-23.

Decision:

4. The Deemed Transfer of the Licences from O.N. Tel to Bell Aliant is approved.

Rationale:

5. The Deemed Transfer request was assessed against the policy objectives and the criteria set out in CPC-2-1-23.

6. Industry Canada notes that the transaction will not result in a significant change in spectrum concentration in the licence areas.

7. The Department has determined that the Deemed Transfer of the Licences would not impact the ability of existing and future competitors to provide service in the relevant areas, as other incumbents and non-incumbents hold spectrum capable of being deployed, although non-incumbents have yet to do so.

Annex A — Spectrum Licences Affected by the Deemed Transfer from O.N. Tel to Bell Aliant

Commercial Mobile Spectrum Licences
Tier Service Area Name Spectrum (MHz) Licence Number
TEL-037 Temagami, Iroquois Falls, Moosonee Cellular 5113723
TEL-037 Temagami, Iroquois Falls, Moosonee Personal Communications Services (PCS)
Block D
5118729
TEL-062 Cochrane Personal Communications Services (PCS)
Block D
5118728
TEL-071 North Eastern Ontario Personal Communications Services (PCS)
Block D
5118727
4-098 Parry Sound Wireless Communication Service (WCS)
Block W
5013517
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