SAB-001-16 — Moratorium on Licensing of Satellite Spectrum Used by Commercial Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit Systems

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The purpose of this notice is to advise that Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has imposed a moratorium on the licensing of satellite spectrum used by commercial non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems, effective June 15, 2016. The moratorium will be in place for a minimum of six months, pending ISED’s review of current licensing procedures, which were developed prior to the increased global interest in large, complex NGSO systems. The moratorium does not apply to the licensing of satellite spectrum used by government or academic institutions.

Licence applications for satellite spectrum to be used by commercial NGSO systems that were under consideration by ISED before the moratorium was put in place have been placed on hold, preserving their order of priority until the review of current procedures is completed. These applications will be considered under the licensing procedures in effect following the review.

ISED will not receive new licence applications for satellite spectrum to be used by commercial NGSO systems during the moratorium.

Notwithstanding the above, the Minister of Industry retains the authority to issue a licence if circumstances so require.

Issued under the authority of the Radiocommunication Act.

June 15, 2016


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MARTIN PROULX
Acting Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

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