Archived — Notice No. DGTP-013-98

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-013-98 — Spectrum Policy and Licensing Provisions for Fixed Wireless Access Systems in Rural Areas in the Frequency Range 3400–3700 MHz

The purpose of this Notice is to announce the release of policy paper under the above mentioned title.

In August 1997, Industry Canada released a spectrum policy consultation paper, under Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-006-97, which addressed several new opportunities for usage of the radio spectrum in the 1–20 GHz frequency range including the introduction of fixed wireless access systems in the frequency range 3400–3700 MHz.

The Department has received significant interest from telecommunication service providers and equipment manufacturers to open new spectrum at 3.4 GHz for fixed wireless access systems. Wireless multipoint systems could offer an economical means to provide telephony and data services to business and residential customers. In particular, these systems could provide a promising technology in upgrading rural communications.

Based on the public interest shown, the Department agrees that there is a need to make spectrum available for wireless communications to advance telecommunications in rural areas. The spectrum policy provides for the licensing of radio systems in this band on a first-come, first-served basis in rural areas.

Comments on Spectrum Licensing Fees

Comments are invited on the proposed spectrum licensing fees for fixed wireless access systems (refer to Section 3.1.4. in the policy paper). The comments which will be made public, should be submitted on or before October 13, 1998 to the office of: Director General, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch, Industry Canada, Jean Edmonds Building, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8

The policy paper is available electronically via the Internet at the following address: World Wide Web (WWW), or in hard copy, for a fee from:

Tyrell Press Ltd.
2714 Fenton Road, Gloucester, Ontario K1T 3T7 Canada
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Worldwide telephone: 


Canada Communications Group
45 Sacré-CoeurBoulevard Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7 Canada
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Dated at Ottawa

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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