Subordinate Cellular Licence application between Rogers and Ice Wireless

Posted on the ISED website: April 13, 2017

Decision regarding the subordinate licence


1. On February 23, 2017, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received an application jointly from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) and Ice Wireless Inc. (Ice Wireless) for the issuance of a subordinate licence in a portion of the cellular band (Cell) for several communities in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec. The primary licence is 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. Terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in CPC-2-1-23.


4. The subordinate licence application from Rogers to Ice Wireless described above is approved.


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

6. ISED has reviewed the agreement between Rogers and Ice Wireless and notes that for the subordinate licence requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licence.

7. Approval of the subordinate licence does not change the overall distribution of spectrum holdings in the relevant licence areas, and allows Ice Wireless, a wireless service provider in remote areas of Northern Canada, access to additional commercial mobile spectrum. The Department has determined that the subordinate licence would not impact the ability of existing or future competitors to provide services in the relevant areas.

Annex A

Subordinate licences from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to Ice Wireless Inc.
Licence number Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010285143-001 March 31, 2031 824 – 829
869 – 874
Tier 2-007
Northern Quebec
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