Transfer of Spectrum Licences to Bell Canada and Xplornet Communications Inc. from MTS Inc.

Transfer Decision

Application

1. On January 27, 2017, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada received an application for the transfer of 10 commercial mobile spectrum licences from MTS Inc. (MTS) to Bell Canada (Bell)Footnote 1 and the transfer of 5 commercial mobile spectrum licences from MTS to Xplornet Communications Inc. (Xplornet). These licences, which are across the province of Manitoba, are described in Annex A and B, respectively.

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. Terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in CPC-2-1-23.

Decision

4. The transfer of commercial mobile spectrum licences from MTS to Bell and from MTS to Xplornet is approved.

Rationale

5. The request for the transfer of commercial mobile spectrum licences was assessed against the policy objectives and criteria set out in Section 5.6 of CPC-2-1-23.

6. The Department notes that recent spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz, AWS-3, AWS-4 and 2500 MHz bands have provided all current and potential wireless service providers with multiple opportunities to access additional spectrum in the licence areas to meet their spectrum needs.

7. With Bell purchasing MTS in Manitoba, the transfer of MTS’ spectrum licences will result in an increase to Bell and Xplornet’s commercial mobile spectrum holdings and provide an opportunity for increased competition in rural Manitoba. Given the extent and diversity of the commercial mobile spectrum holdings of competing wireless service providers within the province of Manitoba, alongside spectrum that is not yet deployed, the Department has determined that the requested Licence Transfer will not have a detrimental impact on the ability of competitors to provide services in Manitoba.

Annex A

Licences to be Transferred From MTS Inc. to Bell Canada
Licence Expiry Date Area Area Description Lower Frequency Range Upper Frequency Range Service
010282761-001 14/12/2018 2-010 Manitoba 1720 1730 2120 2130 AWS
010282395-002 01/09/2019 2-010 Manitoba 1730 1735 2130 2140 AWS
010282779-002 12/03/2019 3-039 Winnipeg 1735 1740 2135 2140 AWS
010282781-002 12/03/2019 3-040 Brandon 1735 1740 2135 2140 AWS
010282985-001 14/12/2018 2-010 Manitoba 1910 1915 1990 1995 PCS
010284005-001 14/12/2018 2-010 Manitoba 1670 1675     I-Block
010287381-001 31/03/2031 2-010 Manitoba 835 845 880 890 CELL
846.5 849 891.5 894
010284123-001 31/03/2031 TEL-078 Deception Bay 835 840 880 885 CELL
840 842.5 885 887.5
010287045-001 31/03/2031 2-010 Manitoba 1865 1870 1945 1950 PCS
010284213-001 29/11/2031 2-010 Manitoba 1905 1910 1985 1990 PCS

Annex B

Licences to be Transferred From MTS Inc. to Xplornet Communications Inc.
Licence Expiry Date Area Area Description Lower Frequency Range Upper Frequency Range Service
010283011-002 01/09/2019 3-039 Winnipeg 1740 1745 2140 2145 AWS
010283013-002 01/09/2019 3-040 Brandon 1740 1745 2140 2145 AWS
010282389-001 23/06/2035 3-039 Winnipeg 2500 2510 2620 2630 BRS
010282879-001 23/06/2035 3-040 Brandon 2500 2510 2620 2630 BRS
010284003-001 02/04/2034 2-010 Manitoba 746 751 777 782 MBS
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