Notice of Application Received from TerreStar Solutions Inc. for a Tier 1 Spectrum Licence in the 1695–1710 MHz Frequency Band and the in PCS Block H (1910–1915 MHz/1995–2000 MHz)

Notice

The reply period for the Notice of Application Received from TerreStar Solutions Inc. for a Tier 1 Spectrum Licence in the 1695–1710 MHz Frequency Band and the in PCS Block H (1910–1915 MHz/1995–2000 MHz) has been extended to June 29th, 2017 23:59 PST.

Intent

The intent of this notice is to seek comments regarding an application received from TerreStar Solutions Inc. ("TerreStar") for spectrum licences in the 1695–1710 MHz frequency band and the Personal Communications Services (PCS) Block H (1910–1915 MHz /1995–2000 MHz), with some restrictions based on certain locations across Canada, and align the spectrum with their Tier 1 AWS-4 spectrum licence in the 2000 – 2020 MHz / 2180 – 2200 MHz band.

In its application, TerreStar is requesting spectrum licences for some or all of the 1695–1710 MHz frequency band along with PCS Block H, depending on location, to pair with its AWS-4 holdings in order to implement service using Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Band class 70. This would allow TerreStar to harmonize their holdings with that of the AWS-4 licensee in the United States that also holds spectrum in the 1695–1710 MHz frequency band and PCS Block H.

Additional information

Both the 1695–1710 MHz frequency band and the PCS Block H are currently not licensed for mobile use in Canada; there is no licensing process and no applicable fees for both bands. It is also noted that there are meteorological receiving stations using the 1675–1700 MHz frequency band at several locations across Canada that could impact the amount of spectrum available near those locations.

Respondents should indicate whether they support or oppose TerreStar's request for spectrum licences in the 1695–1710 MHz frequency band and PCS Block H and provide the rationale for the position being presented. The original request from TerreStar is available on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments (in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) by email no later than 30 days after publication of this notice to the following email address: ic.spectrumoperations-operationsduspectre.ic@canada.ca

All submissions should cite the publication date and the title of this notice. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments received will be posted on the Department's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

The Department will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted no later than 10 days following the date of publication of comments.

All comments and reply comments will be published. Therefore, those making submissions are asked not to provide confidential or private information in their submissions.

Following the initial comment period, the Department may, at its discretion, request additional information if needed to clarify significant positions or new proposals. In such a case, the reply comment deadline would be extended.

All comments will be reviewed and considered by the Department and any decision will be posted at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

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