R1 — Spectrum Licence issued for High Power Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) Devices, Indoor and Outdoor, Operating in the Band 5150-5250 MHz

The following conditions of licence apply to spectrum licences for higher power and outdoor RLAN devices (HPODs), operating in the 5150-5250 MHz frequency band.

1. Licence term

The term of this licence will expire on March 31 of each year.

In order to maintain operations, into a new term, the licensee must submit a new application to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on a timely basis.

2. Licence fees

Where a licence fee is applicable the licensee must pay the annual licence fee with its application for a licence.

3. Eligibility

The licensee must comply on an ongoing basis with the applicable eligibility criteria in subsection 9(1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations and operate as a radiocommunication service provider or a radiocommunication user operating a business or government use as defined by the Radiocommunication Regulations. Radiocommunication users who operate HPODs for personal use are not eligible to hold or maintain a licence.

4. Treatment of existing and future spectrum users

The operation of devices by the licensee in accordance with this licence must not cause interference to existing and future protected licensed systems, and will not be protected from interference.

The licensee must immediately implement corrective measures or cease operation altogether when notified by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (the Department). Failure to do so will be considered a breach of the conditions of licence, which may lead to suspension or revocation of the authorization.

5. 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, which includes ongoing compliance with Health Canada’s radiofrequency exposure guidelines also known as Safety Code 6.

6. Mandatory antenna tower and site sharing

A licensee 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.

7. Provision of technical information

Upon request by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the licensee must provide technical and operational information of the station(s) or network(s) in accordance with the definitions, criteria, frequency and timelines specified in the request. Licensees are required to keep technical and operational information up-to-date, including, for example, maintaining a listing of the location and technical characteristics of all RLAN devices operated by the licensee.

8. Compliance with legislation, regulations, directions and other obligations

The licensee is subject to, and must comply with, the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations, as amended from time to time. The licence is issued on condition that all representations made in relation to obtaining this licence are all true and complete in every respect. The licensee must also operate in accordance with any technical considerations set out in this licence, with the technical aspects of the appropriate Radio Standards Specifications (RSS) and Standard Radio System Plans (SRSP), if applicable. 

In addition, the licensee must immediately follow any technical directions issued by the Department through notification.  These directions may include modifications to the allowable technical requirements, instructions on coordination, a requirement to implement corrective measures or a direction to suspend operations.    

Failure to comply with any obligation will be considered a breach of the conditions of licence, which may lead to suspension or revocation of the authorization.

9. Technical considerations

The licensee must deploy devices operating in the 5150-5250 MHz frequency band in accordance with the technical requirements set forth in the table 1below.

Table 1: Technical requirements for HPODs
Type of device Maximum conducted power Maximum antenna gain Maximum power spectral density Vertical elevation mask (from the horizon) Maximum out-of-band emission
Outdoor 1 Watt 6 dBi 17 dBm/MHz Maximum 125 mW (e.i.r.p.) above 30 degrees -27 dBm/MHz e.i.r.p
Indoor 1 Watt 6 dBi 17 dBm/MHz N/A -27 dBm/MHz e.i.r.p
Point-to-point System 1 Watt 23 dBi 17 dBm/MHz Maximum 125 mW (e.i.r.p.) above 30 degrees -27 dBm/MHz e.i.r.p

10. Domestic and international coordination

Equipment deployed in the band 5150-5250 MHz must incorporate contention-based protocols to manage the interference between HPOD devices.

Where applicable, the licensee must use its best efforts to enter into mutually acceptable agreements with other parties for facilitating the reasonable and timely development of their respective systems, and to coordinate with other protected licensed users in Canada and internationally, if applicable.

In particular, the licensee must coordinate with operators of existing and future licensed earth stations to determine appropriate exclusion zones if the licensee’s devices are deployed within 25 km of a licensed earth station. Upon request by the Department, the RLAN operators must provide proof of agreement with the licensed earth station operator.

The licensee must comply with the obligations arising from current and future frequency coordination agreements established between Canada and other countries and shall be required to provide information or take actions to implement these obligations as directed by the Department through notification to a licensee or through an SRSP, as applicable.

11. Amendments

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development retains the discretion to amend these terms and conditions of licence at any time.

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