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Archived — Notice DGTP-006-97

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-006-97

Proposal to Provide New Opportunities for the Use of the Radio Spectrum in the 1-20 GHz frequency range

This Notice invites comments on proposed revisions to spectrum utilization policies in the 1-20 GHz frequency range. In addition, Industry Canada has taken the opportunity to announce certain policy decisions related to some of the proposed revisions.


Industry Canada released a new set of spectrum utilization policy provisions for the microwave frequency bands in the 1-20 GHz range in January 1995. The document entitled Revisions to Microwave Spectrum Utilization Policies in the Range of 1-20 GHz (SP 1-20 GHz) established new policy directions to accommodate increasing spectrum demand by existing and emerging services, address the move to digital facilities and provide greater flexibility for both service providers and equipment manufacturers to access frequency bands.

Since the release of SP 1-20 GHz, industry and the Department have moved quickly to develop new Standard Radio System Plans (SRSP). Consequently, manufacturers have been able to make the necessary adjustments to their product lines and service providers have been able to deploy radio equipment in a timely fashion.

Recently, Industry Canada has had representation from industry for new radio services in the microwave bands. In particular, there is considerable interest in the introduction of fixed wireless access systems, multipoint communications systems, and licence exempt voice and data equipment.

The purpose of this paper is to seek public comments from all interested parties on a number of new proposals for the use of the microwave spectrum in the 1-20 GHz range. In addition, with the issuance of this document, the Department has taken the opportunity to announce some policy decisions which are consequential to certain revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.

Invitation to Comment

Industry Canada invites interested and affected parties to provide their views and comments on the above referenced document.

This document is available electronically as follows:

World Wide Web (WWW)

Submissions should be addressed to the:

Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8

and must be received on or before October 14, 1997 to receive full consideration. All representations should cite the Canada Gazette Part I Notice publication date, title, and the Notice reference number.

Written comments received in response to this Notice will be made available for viewing by the public, two weeks after the closing date of this Notice, during normal business hours, at the Industry Canada Library, 365 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, and at the offices of Industry Canada at Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, for a period of one year from the close of the comment period.

August 9, 1997

Larry Shaw
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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