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Archived — Notice No. DGTP-001-98

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act


Amendments to the mobile satellite policy framework to implement Canada's commitment to the WTO basic agreement in telecommunications

This Notice announces amendments to the Policy Framework for the Provision of Mobile Satellite Services Via Regional and Global Satellite Systems in the Canadian Market (c-007) promulgated on November 5, 1994 by Notice DGTP-001-94. These amendments are intended to bring into effect changes required by Canada’s acceptance in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the multilateral agreement on basic telecommunications services, entitled the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) reached in February 1997.

Specifically, the Department rescinds the provision of the Policy Framework effective February 5, 1998 that requires the Canadian licensee for the provision of mobile satellite services in Canada to hold an equity share in the entity owning the satellite system at least proportional to the expected Canadian usage. The Policy Framework is further amended effective February 5, 1998 with respect to the routing of mobile satellite services which will be liberalized between points within Canada, and between Canada and points in the United States. However, until October 1, 1998, mobile satellite services between Canada and points outside Canada and the United States must be routed through the designated overseas carrier.

This Notice also announces the release of a revision to the Policy Framework which contains the amendments stated above, in addition to some further changes to update the policy provisions for the licensing of regional and global mobile satellite systems.

This Canada Gazette Notice and the referenced publication are available electronically via the Internet at the following addresses:

World Wide Web (WWW)

Copies of the subject document are also available from the Communications Branch, Industry Canada, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5, 613-947-7466, and from the offices of Industry Canada at Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

February 13, 1998

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch
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