M2 — Ruralcom Corporation Spectrum Licences issued under RP-019 (Updated February 2017)
The following conditions apply to licences issued pursuant to Radio System Policy RP-019, Policy for the Provision of Cellular Services by New Parties for the 824 - 849 MHz and 869 - 894 MHz Bands.
1. Licence Term
The term of this licence will expire on the date indicated. The licensee must pay the annual licence fee for the subsequent year (April 1 to March 31) in advance and in full by no later than 12:00 PM PST on March 24 each year failing which the licence shall be revoked without further notice. The process for issuing licences after this term and any issues relating to renewal will be determined by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development following a public consultation.
2. Licence Transferability and Divisibility
This licence is transferable in whole or in part (divisibility), in both bandwidth and geographic dimensions, subject to Industry Canada's approval. A Subordinate Licence may also be issued in regard to this licence, subject to Industry Canada's approval.
The licensee must make the Transfer Request in writing to Industry Canada. The Transfer Request will be treated as set out in Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services, as amended from time to time (CPC-2-1-23).
The licensee must apply in writing to Industry Canada for approval prior to implementing any Deemed Transfer, which will be treated as set out in CPC-2-1-23. The implementation of a Deemed Transfer without the prior approval of Industry Canada will be considered a breach of this condition of licence.
Should the licensee enter into any Agreement that provides for a Prospective Transfer with another holder of a Licence for commercial mobile spectrum (including any Affiliate, agent or representative of the other licence holder), it must apply in writing to Industry Canada for review of the Prospective Transfer within 15 days of entering into the Agreement, which will be treated as set out in CPC-2-1-23. Should Industry Canada issue a decision indicating that the Prospective Transfer is not approved; it will be a breach of this condition of licence for a licensee to remain in an Agreement that provides for the Prospective Transfer for a period of more than 90 days from the date of the decision.
In all cases, the licensee must follow the procedures as outlined in CPC-2-1-23.
All capitalized terms have the meaning ascribed to them in CPC-2-1-23.
The licensee must comply on an ongoing basis with the eligibility critera for a radiocommunication carrier including compliance with section 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations. The licensee must notify the Minister of Industry of any change which would have a material effect on its eligibility. Such notification must be made in advance for any proposed transaction within its knowledge.
For more information, refer to Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-15, Canadian Ownership and Control, as amended from time to time.
4. Radio Station Installations
The licensee must comply with Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems, as amended from time to time.
5. Provision of Technical Information
When Industry Canada requests technical information on a particular station or network, the information must be provided by the licensee according to the definitions, criteria, frequency, and timelines specified by the Department. For more information, refer to Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services, as amended from time to time.
6. Compliance with Legislation, Regulations and other Obligations
The licensee is subject to, and must comply with, the Radiocommunication Act, the Radiocommunication Regulations and the International Telecommunication Union's Radio Regulations pertaining to its licensed radio frequency bands. This licence is issued on condition that the certifications made in relation to the licence are all true and complete in every respect. The licensee must use the assigned spectrum in accordance with the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and the spectrum policy for this band.
7. Technical Considerations
The licensee must comply on an ongoing basis with all relevant Radio Standards Specifications and Standard Radio System Plans, as amended from time to time.
8. International and Domestic Coordination
The licensee must comply with the current and future agreements established with other countries. Although frequency assignments are not subject to site licensing, the licensee may be required to furnish all necessary technical data for each relevant site.
The licensee must use its best efforts to enter into mutually acceptable sharing agreements with other parties, which will facilitate the reasonable and timely development of their respective systems, where applicable, and to coordinate with other licensed users in Canada and internationally where applicable.
9. Research and Development (R&D)
The licensee must invest, as a minimum, 2 percent of its adjusted gross revenues resulting from the use of this licence, averaged over the term of the licence, in eligible research and development (R&D) activities related to telecommunications. Eligible R&D activities are those which meet the definition of scientific research and experimental development adopted in the Income Tax Act, as amended from time to time. Adjusted gross revenues are defined as total service revenues, less inter-carrier payments, bad debts, third party commissions, and provincial goods and services taxes collected. The licensee is exempt from R&D expenditure requirements if it, together with all affiliated licensees that are subject to the R&D condition of licence, has less than $1 billion in annual gross operating revenues from the provision of wireless services in Canada, averaged over the term of the licence. For this condition of licence, an affiliate is defined as a person who controls the carrier, or who is controlled by the carrier or by any person who controls the carrier, as per subsection 35(3) of the Telecommunications Act.
The licensee is not required to provide facilities for resale opportunities over and above those mandated by the CRTC.
11. Mandatory Antenna Tower and Site Sharing
A licensee operating as a radiocommunication carrier must comply with the mandatory antenna tower and site sharing requirements set out in Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-17, Conditions of Licence for Mandatory Roaming and Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and to Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements, as amended from time to time.
12. Mandatory Roaming
Cellular and PCS licensees must comply with the mandatory roaming requirements set in Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-17, Conditions of Licence for Mandatory Roaming and Antenna Tower and Site Sharing and to Prohibit Exclusive Site Arrangements, as amended from time to time.
13. Implementation of Spectrum Usage
By January 13, 2017, RuralCom must provide a detailed business plan to the Department demonstrating how it intends to serve local customers in the licence area and meet the conditions set out below.
By February 13, 2017, RuralCom must demonstrate to the Department that the spectrum has been put into use by providing fully operational voice services to customers in the licence area (required services).
By February 13, 2017, RuralCom must provide the Department with a report indicating that the required services are being offered to customers and provided to a level of coverage of at least 50% of the population in the licence area. The report must include:
- confirmation of the type of services, including the required services, being offered to customers in the licence area;
- details of the retail/distribution network and the devices that are offered to customers to provide the required services;
- details of how potential customers and subscribers access required services in the licence area; and
- detailed coverage maps of each installed antenna site showing the contours within which the devices provided to customers can connect in order to receive fully operational voice services within the licensee's network.
After February 13, 2017, RuralCom will promptly cooperate with the Department in its testing of the network as is reasonably required and will provide any further information related to deployment requested by the Department in order that coverage can be reasonably verified.
By March 24, 2017, RuralCom will provide an updated report confirming the current customers and subscribers in the licence area and will provide confirmation that its fees for the subsequent year have been paid.
RuralCom must maintain the minimum level of coverage noted above and continue to offer the required services throughout the term of the licences.
14. Annual Reporting
The licensee must submit an annual report for each year of the licence term, which includes the following information:
- a statement indicating continued compliance with all conditions of licence;
- an update on the implementation and spectrum usage within the area covered by the licence;
- existing audited financial statements with an accompanying auditor's report;
- a statement indicating the annual gross operating revenues from the provision of wireless services in Canada and, where applicable, the annual adjusted gross revenues resulting from the use of this licence, as defined in these conditions of licence.
- a report of the R&D expenditures as set out in these conditions of licence Industry Canada may request an audited statement of R&D expenditures with an accompanying auditor's report at its discretion;
- supporting financial statements where a licensee is claiming an exemption based on, together with all affiliated licensees that are subject to the R&D condition of licence, it having less than $1 billion in annual gross operating revenues from the provision of wireless services in Canada, averaged over the term of the licence;
- a copy of any existing corporate annual report for the licensee's fiscal year with respect to the authorization; and
- other information related to the licence as specified in any notice updating the reporting requirements as issued by Industry Canada.
All reports and statements are to be certified by an officer of the company and submitted, in writing, within 120 days of the licensee's fiscal year-end. Confidential information provided will be treated in accordance with subsection 20(1) of the Access to Information Act.
Reports are to be submitted to Industry Canada at the following address:
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
Manager, Emerging Networks
235 Queen Street (C.D. Howe 6th Floor East)
Last revision date: April 23, 2015
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