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Archived — Notice No. DGTP-019-98

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-019-98Policy Framework for the Provision of Fixed Satellite Services

The purpose of this Notice is to announce ndustry Canada's new fixed satellite policy which opens all segments of the Canadian fixed satellite market, in several steps, beginning immediately and moving to full competition by March 1, 2000.

Industry Canada released a policy consultation paper, under Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-006-98 in March 1998, which solicited comments respecting the liberalization of the fixed satellite licensing policy. In particular, comments were requested with regard to the authorization of earth stations and satellite space stations used in the fixed satellite service. The review of the fixed satellite policy was initiated to implement Canada's commitments made under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Basic Telecommunications, reached in February 1997.

The Department has received, in response to the consultation paper, a wide range of submissions supportive of the liberalization of fixed satellite services in compliance with Canada's WTO Agreement and other related telecommunications initiatives.

In summary, the main provisions of the new fixed satellite policy provide for the immediate use of foreign satellites (ahead of Canada's WTO commitment of December 31, 1999) for Canadian Overseas telecommunications and for access to Intelsat satellites to accommodate Canadian international service providers and users. The policy will permit, with the end of Telesat Canada's monopoly for fixed satellite facilities for domestic and Canada-U.S. traffic on March 1, 2000, new Canadian satellite carriers and foreign satellites to access the Canadian domestic and Canada-U.S. satellite markets. (Industry Canada has concluded that there is no need to impose the requirement of foreign satellites to provide full coverage of all regions of Canada until March 1, 2002.) Furthermore, the Department will gradually liberalize its licensing of transmit and receive-only earth stations to permit service providers and users to operate their own stations on all approved fixed satellites as of March 1, 2000.

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
toll-free telephone: 
United States toll-free telephone: 
Worldwide telephone: 


Canada Communications Group
45 Sacré-CoeurBoulevard Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7 Canada
toll-free telephone:
Canada toll-free facsimile: 
Worldwide telephone:
Worldwide facsimile:

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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