Table of Key Dates - Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 3500 MHz Band

Updated on June 5, 2020
NOTE: The auction process is postponed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A revised Table of Key Dates is outlined below.
Table of Key Dates
Events Time frames*
Publication of SLPB-001-20, Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 3500 MHz Band March 5, 2020
Deadline for receipt of clarification questions October 6, 2020
Deadline for receipt of applications to transfer licences in the 3500 MHz band, or to return licences to ISED** October 6, 2020
Publication of responses to clarification questions December 8, 2020
Publication of 3500 MHz Transition Manual By February 26, 2021
Publication of updates to the list of spectrum holdings and licences to be auctioned as a result of transfer requests or as a result of returned spectrum (as required) As required, until mid February 2021
Deadline for receipt of applications to participate in the auction and 100% pre-auction financial deposit By 12:00 noon EDT on April 6, 2021
Deadline for existing licensees to provide contact information to facilitate coordination of the transition process*** April 6, 2021
Publication of the list of applicants, beneficial ownership and associated entities information Within four business days following the application deadline
Publication of final list of qualified bidders April 22, 2021
Auction documentation sent to qualified bidders April 23, 2021
Information session for qualified bidders May 20, 2021
Mock auctions for qualified bidders (up to two separate sessions) Start May 25, 2021
Auction start – opening of bidding June 15, 2021
Cessation of bidding Unknown
Announcement and publication of provisional licence winners Within five days following cessation of bidding
Submission of ownership and control documentation (where applicable) 10 business days following the publication of provisional licence winners
Initial payment (20% of total final payment) 10 business days following the publication of provisional licence winners
Final payment (80% of total final payment) 45 business days following the publication of provisional licence winners
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