Subordinate Spectrum Licence from Fido Solutions Inc. (Rogers) to Bell Canada

August 3, 2017

Decision regarding the subordinate licence

Application

1. On April 24, 2017, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received an application for the issuance of a subordinate licence from Fido Solutions Inc. a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) to Bell Canada (Bell) in the Personal Communication Services Band (PCS), within Manitoba.

2. The request to issue a subordinate licence from Rogers to Bell is further to the current Rogers/Bell Network Sharing Agreement within Manitoba. The subordinate licence is for the 20 MHz (10 + 10 MHz) portion of Block A that was not part of the original Agreement, and is described in annex A. 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 subordinate commercial mobile spectrum licence from Rogers to Bell is approved.

Rationale

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

6. ISED approved subordinate licences between Bell and Rogers in March 2017 (https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11267.html) and notes that the nature of the Agreement between Bell and Rogers remains unchanged.

7. ISED notes that for the subordinate licence requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licence.

8. Approving the subordinate licence application will have no impact on the overall spectrum holdings or distribution, but will enable Rogers and Bell to enhance the services delivered to customers through the joint network in Manitoba.

9. ISED has determined that the subordinate licence will not impact the ability of existing and future competitors to provide services.

Annex A

Subordinate licence to be issued from Fido Solutions Inc. (Rogers) to Bell Canada
Licence number Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
10284397-001 March 31, 2031 1850-1855 / 1930-1935
1860-1865 / 1940-1945
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
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