Transfer of Spectrum Licences Held by WIND Mobile Corp. (WIND) to MTS Inc. (MTS)

Posted on Industry Canada website: July 31, 2015

Transfer Decision

Application

1. On July 30, 2015, WIND Mobile Corp. (WIND) and MTS Inc. (MTS) submitted an application to Industry Canada for the Transfer of five spectrum licences in the Advanced Wireless Service (AWS-1) band in Manitoba (the Licences) from WIND to MTS. The 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. Capitalized terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in CPC-2-1-23.

Decision

4. The Transfer of Licences described above is approved.

Rationale

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

6. Industry Canada notes that competitors in the affected licence areas hold a mix of commercial mobile spectrum capable of supporting a Long Term Evolution (LTE) ecosystem.

7. The Department also notes that the requested Licence Transfers involve spectrum that is not currently being used to provide services and will provide an opportunity for MTS to put such spectrum to use for the benefit of all Canadians.

8. The Licence Transfers will not significantly change the post-transfer concentration of commercial mobile spectrum in the affected licence areas.

9. The Department has determined that the requested Licence Transfers will not impact the ability of existing or future competitors to provide services in the affected licence areas.

Annex A

AWS-1 Licences to Be Transferred From WIND Mobile Corp. (WIND) to MTS Inc. (MTS)
Reference ID* Expiry Date Frequency Range
(MHz)
Geographic Area
* Licences have been migrated to Industry Canada’s new spectrum management software and legacy licence numbers are identified as Reference ID.
5177823 September 1, 2019 1730-1735
2130-2135
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
5079788 March 12, 2019 1735-1740
2135-2140
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
5079789 March 12, 2019 1735-1740
2135-2140
Tier 3-040
Brandon
5177837 September 1, 2019 1740-1745
2140-2145
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
5177838 September 1, 2019 1740-1745
2140-2145
Tier 3-040
Brandon
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