Transfer of Spectrum Licences Held by 4253311 Canada Inc. (NextWave) to Xplornet Broadband Inc. (Xplornet)

Transfer Decision

Application

1. On September 25, 2014, Industry Canada received an application for a Licence Transfer of eighty-one (81) spectrum licences from NextWave to Xplornet in various regions across the country; the licenced services in question operate in the Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band. These licences are described in Annex A.

2. The application was reviewed under the relevant provisions of Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services.

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

Decision

4. The Transfer of the Licences from NextWave to Xplornet is approved.

Rationale

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

6. Industry Canada notes that the importance of the WCS band as commercial mobile spectrum will increase as the ecosystem for advanced LTE services is expected to emerge in the next few years.

7. Xplornet holds limited commercial mobile spectrum in the areas under consideration and its holdings will only marginally increase as a result of the transfer.

8. This licence transfer does not have a significant impact on overall spectrum concentration. Accordingly, the Department has determined that the licence transfer would not significantly affect the ability of existing and future competitors to provide service in the relevant areas.

Annex A

Spectrum Licences to be Transferred from NextWave to Xplornet Broadband Inc.
Tier Service Area Name Licence Number Frequency Block Expiry Date
4-001 St. John's 4989477 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-002 Placentia 4981418 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-003 Gander/Grand Falls/Windsor 4981419 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-004 Corner Brook/Stephenville 4981420 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-005 Labrador 4981421 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-006 Charlottetown 4989478 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-007 Summerside 4989479 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-011 Truro 4989480 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-012 Amherst 4989481 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-013 Antigonish/New Glasgow 4989482 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-014 Sydney 4989483 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-017 Fredericton 4989484 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-019 Miramichi/Bathurst 4989485 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-020 Grand Falls 4989486 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-022 Campbellton 4989487 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-023 Matane 4989488 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-024 Mont-Joli 4981422 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-026 Rivière-du-Loup 4981423 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-027 La Malbaie 4981424 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-028 Chicoutimi-Jonquière 4981425 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-029 Montmagny 4981426 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-031 Sainte-Marie 4981428 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-032 Saint-Georges 4981429 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-033 Lac Mégantic 4981430 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-034 Thetford Mines 4981431 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-035 Plessisville 4981432 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-036 La Tuque 4981433 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-037 Trois-Rivières 4989489 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-038 Louiseville 4981434 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-040 Victoriaville 4981435 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-041 Coaticook 4981436 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-042 Sherbrooke 4989490 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-043 Windsor 4981437 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-046 Farnham 4981438 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-050 Joliette 4981439 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-052 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts 4981440 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-053 Hawkesbury 4981441 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-055 Ottawa 4989492 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-056 Pembroke 4981442 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-057 Arnprior/Renfrew 4981443 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-058 Rouyn-Noranda 4981444 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-059 Notre-Dame-du-Nord 4981445 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-060 La Sarre 4981446 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-063 Roberval/Saint-Félicien 4981447 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-067 Cornwall 4981448 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-069 Gananoque 4989493 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-070 Kingston 4989494 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-071 Napanee 4981449 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-078 Alliston 4981450 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-079 Guelph/Kitchener 4989495 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-083 Fort Erie 4981451 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-084 Niagara-St. Catharines 4989496 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-086 London/Woodstock 4989497 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-090 Windsor/Leamington 4981452 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-095 Midland 4989498 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-100 Sudbury 4981453 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-101 Kirkland Lake 4981454 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-102 Timmins 4981455 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-103 Kapuskasing 4981456 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-104 Kenora/Sioux Lookout 4981457 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-105 Iron Bridge 4981458 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-106 Sault Ste. Marie 4981459 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-108 Thunder Bay 4981460 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-110 Steinbach 4981461 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-111 Winnipeg 4981462 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-113 Morden/Winkler 4981463 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-114 Brandon 4981464 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-115 Portage La Prairie 4981465 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-117 Creighton/Flin Flon 4981467 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-118 Thompson 4981468 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-128 Prince Albert 4989500 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-130 Northern Saskatchewan 4981472 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-138 Wetaskiwin/Ponoka 4981473 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-141 Edmonton 4989501 BLOCK W 07/04/2015
4-145 Barrhead 4981474 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-150 West Kootenay 4981475 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-157 Powell River 4981476 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-159 Merritt 4981477 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-160 Kamloops 4981478 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-161 Ashcroft 4981479 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
4-164 Williams Lake 4981480 BLOCK W 23/11/2014
Date modified: