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

Decision Regarding Subordinate Licences

Application:

1. On July 23, 2014, Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) and TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) jointly applied for subordinate licences in the Cellular, Personal Communications Services (PCS) and Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) bands in various areas of Canada.

2. 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).

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

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 and supporting documentation submitted by the applicants 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 joint High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks operating in Cellular, Personal Communications Services (PCS) and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum in many areas of the country. Approving this subordinate licensing application will have no impact on the licensees’ spectrum licence holdings or distribution, but will enable Bell and TELUS to deliver better coverage and more advanced services to more of 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

700 MHz (MBS) Spectrum
Tier Service Area Name Primary Licence Holder Subordinate to Licence Number Frequency Range (MHz) Block Spectrum (MHz)
2-001 Newfoundland and Labrador TELUS Bell 5163687 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-002 Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island TELUS Bell 5163688 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-003 New Brunswick TELUS Bell 5163689 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-004 Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie TELUS Bell 5163665 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-004 Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie TELUS Bell 5163673 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-004 Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie TELUS Bell 5163674 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-004 Bas du fleuve/Gaspésie Bell TELUS 5163724 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-004 Québec TELUS Bell 5163665 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-004 Québec TELUS Bell 5163673 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-004 Québec TELUS Bell 5163674 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-004 Québec Bell TELUS 5163724 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-004 Chicoutimi-Jonquière TELUS Bell 5163665 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-004 Chicoutimi-Jonquière TELUS Bell 5163673 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-004 Chicoutimi-Jonquière TELUS Bell 5163674 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-004 Chicoutimi-Jonquière Bell TELUS 5163724 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-005 Eastern Townships TELUS Bell 5163666 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-005 Eastern Townships TELUS Bell 5163675 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-005 Eastern Townships TELUS Bell 5163676 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-005 Eastern Townships Bell TELUS 5163725 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-005 Trois-Rivières TELUS Bell 5163666 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-005 Trois-Rivières TELUS Bell 5163675 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-005 Trois-Rivières TELUS Bell 5163676 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-005 Montréal TELUS Bell 5163666 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-005 Montréal TELUS Bell 5163675 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-005 Montréal TELUS Bell 5163676 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-005 Montréal Bell TELUS 5163725 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-005 Upper Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163666 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-005 Upper Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163675 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-005 Upper Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163676 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Ottawa/Outaouais Bell TELUS 5163726 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-006 Pembroke TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Pembroke TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Pembroke TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Cornwall TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Cornwall TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Cornwall TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Brockville TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Brockville TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Brockville TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Kingston TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Kingston TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Kingston TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Belleville TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Belleville TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Belleville TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Cobourg TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Cobourg TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Cobourg TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-006 Peterborough TELUS Bell 5163667 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-006 Peterborough TELUS Bell 5163677 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-006 Peterborough TELUS Bell 5163678 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-007 Northern Quebec TELUS Bell 5163690 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Huntsville TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Toronto TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Barrie TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Guelph/Kitchener TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Listowel/Goderich/Stratford TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Niagara-St. Catharines TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Chatham TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-008 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5163707 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-008 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5163718 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-008 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5163719 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-008 Strathroy TELUS Bell 5163691 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-009 North Ontario TELUS Bell 5163692 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-010 Manitoba Bell TELUS 5163727 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Kootenays Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Okanagan/Columbia Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Vancouver Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Victoria Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Nanaimo Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Courtenay Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Thompson/Cariboo Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Prince George TELUS Bell 5163671 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-013 Prince George TELUS Bell 5163685 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-013 Prince George TELUS Bell 5163686 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-013 Prince George Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-013 Dawson Creek TELUS Bell 5163671 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-013 Dawson Creek TELUS Bell 5163685 716 - 722 Block D 6
2-013 Dawson Creek TELUS Bell 5163686 722 - 728 Block E 6
2-013 Dawson Creek Bell TELUS 5163730 782 - 787 Block C2 6
2-014 Yukon, NWT, Nunavut TELUS Bell 5163672 710 - 716 / 740 - 746 Block C 12
2-018 Province of Alberta Bell TELUS 5163729 782 - 787 Block C2 6
PCS Spectrum
Tier Service Area Name Primary Licence Holder Subordinate to Licence Number Frequency Range (MHz) Block Spectrum (MHz)
Subdivision 2-08 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5123012 1900 - 1905 / 1980 - 1985 C2 10
Subdivision   2-08 Windsor/Leamington Bell TELUS 5113341 1865 - 1870 / 1945 - 1950 D 10
4-055 Ottawa - Gatineau Bell TELUS 5113341 1865 - 1870 / 1945 - 1950 D 10
4-030 Québec Bell TELUS 5113345 1865 - 1870 / 1945 - 1950 D 10
Tel-046 Fort Nelson Area TELUS Bell 5113383 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
2-007 Northern Quebec TELUS Bell 5113365 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
2-007 Northern Quebec TELUS Bell 5113366 1875 - 1880 / 1955 - 1960 B2 10
2-007 Northern Quebec TELUS Bell 5113367 1880 - 1885 / 1960 - 1965 B3 10
3-003 Mainland Nova Scotia TELUS Bell 5113351 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-010 Chicoutimi-Jonquière TELUS Bell 5113357 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-011 Eastern Townships TELUS Bell 5113359 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-012 Trois-Rivières TELUS Bell 5113359 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-013 Montréal TELUS Bell 5113359 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-015 Ottawa/Outaouais TELUS Bell 5113362 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-020 Kingston TELUS Bell 5113362 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-023 Peterborough TELUS Bell 5113362 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-024 Huntsville TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-025 Toronto TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-026 Barrie TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-027 Guelph/Kitchener TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-029 Niagara-St. Catharines TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-030 London/Woodstock/St. Thomas TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-031 Chatham TELUS Bell 5113368 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
3-058 Dawson Creek TELUS Bell 5113383 1870 - 1875 / 1950 - 1955 B1 10
TEL-045 and TEL-047 British Columbia Bell TELUS 5123015 1900 - 1905 / 1980 - 1985 C2 10
2-012 Alberta Bell TELUS 5123019 1900 - 1905 / 1980 - 1985 C2 10
Cellular Spectrum
Tier Service Area Name Primary Licence Holder Subordinate to Licence Number Frequency Range (MHz) Block Spectrum (MHz)
4-023 Matane Bell TELUS 5113344 846.5 - 849 / 891.5 - 894 B(2) 5
4-030 Québec Bell TELUS 5113344 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
4-048 Saint-Hyacinthe Bell TELUS 5113344 835.0 - 845.0 /
880.0 - 890.0
B 20
4-048 Saint-Hyacinthe Bell TELUS 5113344 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
4-051 Montréal Bell TELUS 5113344 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
4-055 Ottawa Bell TELUS 5113342 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
4-064 Baie-Comeau Bell TELUS 5113344 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
4-090 Windsor - Leamington Bell TELUS 5113343 835.0 - 840.0 /
880.0 - 885.0
B 10
4-090 Windsor - Leamington Bell TELUS 5113342 846.5 - 849 /
891.5 - 894
B(2) 5
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