Subordinate Spectrum Licences Held by Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to Ecotel Inc.

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On August 15, 2017 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received a joint application for the issuance of four subordinate licences in the cellular band for several communities in Southern and Eastern Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) to Ecotel Inc. The primary licences are 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.

Decision

4. The subordinate licence application from Rogers to Ecotel described above 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 has reviewed the agreement between Rogers and Ecotel and notes that for the subordinate licences requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licences.

7. Approval of these subordinate licences does not change the overall distribution of spectrum holdings in the relevant licence areas, and allows Ecotel access to additional commercial mobile spectrum to provide wireless services to rural areas of Canada. ISED has determined that the subordinate licences 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 Ecotel Inc.
Licence number Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Tier Geographic area
010286707-001 April 30, 2027 824-834 MHz
869-879 MHz
2-004 Eastern Quebec
010284347-001 April 30, 2027 824-834 MHz
869-879 MHz
2-005 Southern Quebec
010286711-001 April 30, 2027 824-834 MHz
869-879 MHz
2-014 Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut
010286703-001 April 30, 2027 824-834 MHz
869-879 MHz
2-001 Newfoundland and Labrador
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