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Subordination of spectrum licences between Bell Mobility Inc. and TELUS Communications Inc.

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

  1. On December 20, 2019, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received a joint application to subordinate licences in the Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) band between Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) and TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS). These licences are described in annex A. The parties made the application to further their network sharing agreement (the Agreement).
  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

  1. The subordinate licence application from Bell and TELUS described above is approved.

Rationale

  1. The application was assessed against the policy objectives and criteria set out in section 5.6 of CPC-2-1-23.
  2. ISED has reviewed the Agreement between Bell and TELUS and notes that for the subordinate licences requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licences.
  3. Bell and TELUS already have extensive networks throughout Canada, including a joint Long Term Evolution (LTE) network operating in other spectrum bands in certain parts of the country. Approving this subordinate licensing application will have no impact on either company’s overall spectrum holdings or distribution, but will enable Bell and TELUS to enhance spectrum efficiency of the joint network and maximizes the benefits that Canadians derive from the use of this spectrum.
  4. 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

Subordination of spectrum licences from TELUS Communications Inc. (Telus) to Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell)
Licence number Primary expiry date Primary frequency range (MHz) Block Primary geographic area Subordinate expiry date Subordinate frequency range (MHz) Subordinate geographic area
010283137-001 April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
J1 2-004
Eastern Quebec
April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
Tier 3-008-002
Rivière-du-Loup Area
Tier 3-009-003
Quebec City Area
Tier 3-010-003
Saguenay River Area
010283339-001 April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
J2 2-004
Eastern Quebec
April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
Tier 3-008-002
Rivière-du-Loup Area
Tier 3-009-003
Quebec City Area
Tier 3-010-003
Saguenay River Area
010282191-001 April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
J1 2-005
Southern Quebec
April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
Tier 3-011-002
Eastern Townships
Tier 3-012-002
Trois-Rivieres Tier 3-012
without Tier 4-048 St Hyacinthe
Tier 3-013-004
Outside of the Montreal area
Tier 3-014
Upper Outaouais
010283619-001 April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
J2 2-005
Southern Quebec
April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
Tier 3-011-002
Eastern Townships
Tier 3-012-002
Trois-Rivieres Tier 3-012
without Tier 4-048 St Hyacinthe
Tier 3-013-004
Outside of the Montreal area
Tier 3-014
Upper Outaouais
010282193-001 April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
J1 2-006
Eastern Ontario & Outaouais
April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
Tier 3-015-004
Outside of Ottawa-Gatineau area
Tier 3-016
Pembroke
Tier 3-018
Cornwall
Tier 3-019
Brockville
Tier 3-020
Kingston
Tier 3-021
Belleville
Tier 3-022
Cobourg
Tier 3-023
Peterborough
010282291-001 April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
J2 2-006
Eastern Ontario & Outaouais
April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
Tier 3-015-004
Outside of Ottawa-Gatineau area
Tier 3-016
Pembroke
Tier 3-018
Cornwall
Tier 3-019
Brockville
Tier 3-020
Kingston
Tier 3-021
Belleville
Tier 3-022
Cobourg
Tier 3-023
Peterborough
010282511-001 April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
J2 2-008
Southern Ontario
April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
Tier 3-024
Huntsville
Tier 3-025
Toronto
Tier 3-026
Barrie
Tier 3-027
Guelph/Kitchener
Tier 3-028
Listowel/Goderich/Strathroy
Tier 3-029
Niagara-St. Catharines
Tier 3-030
London/ Woodstock/ St. Thomas
Tier 3-031
Chatham
Tier 3-033
Strathroy
010283347-001 April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
J1 2-013
British Columbia
April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
Tier 3-057-002
Prince George - North of Latitude 56-20
Tier 3-058-002
Dawson Creek - North of Latitude 56-20
010282513-001 April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
J2 2-013
British Columbia
April 20, 2035 2175-2180
1775-1780
Tier 3-057-002
Prince George - North of Latitude 56-20
Tier 3-058-002
Dawson Creek - North of Latitude 56-20
Subordination of spectrum licences from Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) to TELUS Communications Inc. (Telus)
Licence number Primary expiry date Primary frequency range (MHz) Block Primary geographic area Subordinate expiry date Subordinate frequency range (MHz) Subordinate geographic area
010282981-001 April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
J1 2-008
Southern Ontario
April 20, 2035 2170-2175
1770-1775
Tier 3-032
Windsor/Leamington
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