Note (effective January 21, 2020): GL-10, Interim Guideline for Licensing of Earth Stations in the Fixed-Satellite, Earth Exploration-Satellite and Space Research Services in the Frequency Bands 26.5-28.35 GHz and 37.5-40.0 GHz (Issue 1, June 2019) is used in all cases where prospective licensees apply to ISED to seek authorizations for Earth exploration-satellite service (EESS) and space research service (SRS) earth stations in the frequency band 26.5-27.0 GHz, and fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations in the frequency bands 27.0-28.35 GHz and 37.5-40.0 GHz, and where current licensees request amendments to existing satellite earth station licences whose applications were received before the release of the SLPB-003-19, Decisions on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G.
This guideline will remain in effect until ISED adopts earth station licensing and coordination rules to facilitate sharing between EESS/SRS/FSS earth stations and flexible use systems. Other licensing requirements for earth station applications, such as those described in CPC-2-6-01, continue to apply.
Comments and suggestions may be directed to the following address:
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
235 Queen Street
All Spectrum Management and Telecommunications publications are available on the following website: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.
This version, Issue 5, provides an interim approach for authorizing a system of identical earth stations using specific Ku and Ka frequency bands.
In keeping with Issue 4, Issue 5 retains a provisional status until May 2015, and includes a revision relating to the technical standards set out in Radio Standards Procedure RSP-114, Licence Application Procedure for Planned Earth Stations in Space Radio Communications Services, and Radio Standards Procedure RSP-116, Licence Application Procedure for Planned Television and/or Radio Receive Only (TVRO) Earth Stations in the Fixed-satellite Service. These standards have now been rescinded and are replaced by Standard Radio System Plan SRSP-101, Technical Requirements for Fixed Earth Stations Operating Above 1 GHz in Space Radiocommunication Services and Earth Stations On Board Vessels (ESVs) Operating in the Fixed-Satellite Service. Issue 5 also incorporates the changes being made to the procedure for the provision of the online submission of applications for earth stations.
This Client Procedures Circular is in effect from the date of posting on Industry Canada's website.
This Client Procedures Circular (CPC) describes the general procedure to be used when submitting licence applications for fixed earth stations operating in any space radiocommunication service. It also includes in Section 6, under Typical Earth Stations, an interim approach for authorizing systems of identical earth stations using specific frequencies. Applications for mobile earth stations should follow CPC-2-6-06, Guidelines for the Submission of Applications to Provide Mobile Satellite Services in Canada. The technical standards, procedures and eligibility criteria referred to in previous issues of CPC-2-6-01, in Radio Standards Procedure RSP-114, Licence Application Procedures for Planned Earth Stations in Space Radio Communication Services, and in RSP-116, Licence Application Procedure for Planned Television and/or Radio Receive Only (TVRO) Earth Stations in the Fixed-satellite Service, are rescinded and replaced with SRSP-101, Technical Requirements for Fixed Earth Stations Operating Above 1 GHz in Space Radiocommunication Services and Earth Stations On Board Vessels (ESVs) Operating in the Fixed-Satellite Service.
In 2014, Industry Canada instituted an online earth station application procedure. This CPC describes the online earth station licence application procedure for earth stations communicating with both domestic and foreign satellites.
This CPC also sets out a procedure to obtain approval for the use of foreign satellites whether they are providing services in the Canadian market or simply communicating with an earth station. Issue 5 does not make any changes to this procedure, outlined in Annex C. Canadian satellites are licensed according to CPC-2-6-02, Licensing of Space Stations.
The radio frequency spectrum is a public resource which all Canadians are entitled to access. Industry Canada endeavours to provide this access with as little administrative burden to clients as possible, while ensuring the Department's ability to effectively manage the radio spectrum and enforce the international requirements set out by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and competent World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) in the ITU's Radio Regulations.
Section 5 of the Radiocommunication Act stipulates that the Minister of Industry may issue radio and spectrum licences, and fix terms and conditions of such licences in order to permit the operation of radio stations, or the use of radio spectrum in Canada.
4. Licensing Policies
Licensing Instrument: The operation of fixed earth stations in Canada is authorized by means of radio licences as described in this CPC. Mobile satellite service providers are authorized by spectrum licences that include the user terminals, following procedures outlined in CPC-2-6- 06.
Term of Licence: Radio and spectrum licences expire on March 31 of each year and are renewable for a 12-month period.
Licence Exemptions: No licence will be issued for broadcasting receive-only earth stations that are exempt from the licensing requirement pursuant to paragraph 4(1)(b) of the Radiocommunication Act. In addition, according to Notice 2012-DRS0126 Regulatory Standards Notice — Changes to RSS-Gen Issue 3 and RSS-310 Issue 3, available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10224.html only radiocommunication receivers operating in stand-alone mode within the band 30-960 MHz and scanner receivers are subject to Industry Canada requirements. All other receivers are excluded from any Industry Canada certification, testing, labelling and reporting requirements. The Department will consider applications to license these stations if protection is required from potential interference, or if coordination is required with other radio services or radio stations.
Foreign Satellite News Gathering Earth Stations: Foreign operators of satellite news gathering (SNG) earth stations are eligible to apply for short-term licences under this procedure. However, a reciprocal arrangement between the former Department of Communications and the Federal Communications Commission exists by which Industry Canada recognizes SNG licences issued by the United States. American SNG operators are advised to consult CPC-2-6-07, Roaming of Foreign Satellite News Gathering (SNG) Transportable Earth Stations in Canada, for simplified procedures to obtain permission to operate while temporarily in Canada.
Evaluation Criteria: Applications to license a fixed earth station are evaluated against the following criteria:
- Eligibility to Hold Licences: Licences for fixed earth stations may be issued, as appropriate, to eligible service providers or users. Applicants must comply with the eligibility criteria for holding radio licences as set out in subsection 9(1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.
- Spectrum Allocation and Utilization Policies: Applications to license fixed earth stations are evaluated to ensure compliance with Canadian spectrum allocation and utilization policies. Although many bands of frequencies are allocated internationally and domestically to various radiocommunication services, the Department has been licensing fixed earth stations in only some of these bands. Applicants should consult the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, found on the Industry Canada website, for information on the allocations. Industry Canada will also consider the use of other frequency bands on a case-by-case basis. The Department will consider opening additional frequency bands for licensing in the context of future public reviews of spectrum utilization policies.
- Use of Approved Satellite: All earth stations must use a satellite that has been approved for use in Canada. A list of satellites that have been
approved for the provision of fixed-satellite service (FSS) in Canada is available on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf02104.html. For information on
satellites not appearing on the list, please contact the Manager, Satellite Authorization Policy
(email@example.com), or the closest regional office.
Foreign satellites are approved when the satellite meets the assessment criteria for satellites authorized by World Trade Organization (WTO) members specified in Annex C. In order to facilitate the licensing process for earth stations using foreign satellites, foreign satellite operators or their representatives may find it beneficial to establish, in advance of the submission of earth station licence applications, that their satellite system meets these Canadian assessment criteria.
Applications to licence Canadian satellites should follow the procedure described in CPC-2-6-02.
- Domestic and International Coordination: Domestic coordination is carried out to show that operation of a proposed frequency assignment can be accommodated among previously established or other formally proposed Canadian frequency assignments. International coordination is carried out to protect the operation of proposed Canadian frequency assignments from frequency assignments in other countries and to ensure that the proposed Canadian frequency assignments do not interfere with frequency assignments in other countries. Information concerning coordination is provided in Annex A of this CPC. Annex D identifies coordination requirements for some FSS frequency bands.
- Technical Acceptability: Earth station radio apparatus must comply with the applicable Canadian technical requirements as specified in SRSP-101.
- Safety Code 6, Land-Use and Public Consultation, Environmental Assessment and Aeronautical Safety: Applicants must comply with the procedures, as outlined in CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems. Among other requirements, these procedures require that: (a) radio stations are installed and operated in a manner that complies with the limits of human exposure to radio frequency fields established by Health Canada; (b) prior to installation or modification of significant antenna structures, necessary consultation has taken place; (c) the installation and modification of radio stations are done in a manner that complies with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act; and (d) proponents ensure that their proposals for any antenna are first reviewed by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA.
- Lawful Intercept Capability: Industry Canada does not currently require that FSS providers provide lawful intercept capabilities. Applicants are nonetheless advised to note that compliance with a requirement to provide lawful intercept capability may be imposed via a licence condition or another legislative provision at any point in time in the future.
Inquiries: Unless alternate arrangements have been made with the Department, all inquiries concerning the licensing of earth stations should be addressed to the appropriate regional office of Industry Canada. A list of regional offices is available in Radiocom Information Circular RIC-66, Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Regional and District Offices at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01742.html.
This CPC provides information to support the application process, including how to submit complete information about the earth station using an online process. The Department recognizes that in some cases, considerable planning is involved prior to the establishment of an earth station, and that an applicant may wish to seek assurance from the Department in advance that a licence can be issued or to be informed of the conditions under which such a licence would be issued. To this end, an applicant may request an approval in principle with respect to the licensing of a proposed earth station, either by submitting a letter of intent to establish an earth station as an attachment during the online process, or by submitting the letter of intent by mail, email or fax to the nearest regional office.
Within 30 days of receiving a letter of intent, Industry Canada will respond to the applicant. Where the letter of intent is found acceptable, the applicant may receive an approval in principle for the establishment of the earth station, and the conditions that would apply to the authorization of the station. Where such an approval in principle is granted, the applicant will be invited to submit the remainder of the information to complete the application to license a fixed earth station. Once the remainder of the information is provided, the Department will assess the complete application and provide an appropriate response, as indicated in the next section.
6. Application to License a Fixed Earth Station
Application for a New Licence. An application to license an earth station may be submitted not earlier than two years before the expected in-service date of the station. The applicant may complete the online application form, or may submit the information required as outlined in Annex B by mail, email or fax to the nearest regional office.
A complete application consists of the following:
- The information about the earth station as listed in Annex B and input online. The information required in Annex B must be certified by a person licensed by a provincial association or order of engineers.
- Information about the satellite or satellite network, if not already approved, as listed in Annex C.
- A copy of the agreement between the applicant and the space station operator, or its representatives, that provides for access to the space station capacity or signals.
Additional Information. In some cases, Industry Canada may require the submission of additional information in order to complete the evaluation of an application.
Transportable Earth Stations. Applications to license transportable earth stations consist of the same information described above. However, licences for transportable earth stations may carry conditions of licence requiring subsequent departmental approval prior to relocation. American SNG operators must use CPC-2-6-07 instead.
Typical Earth Stations. Where the applicant expects to establish a significant number of the same type of earth station, such as very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks, the applicant must consult with an appropriate licensing office at Industry Canada about the interim approach for authorizing a system of identical earth stations using specific Ku and Ka band frequencies. Footnote 1 If this interim approach is not applicable, the applicant must enter a separate application for each earth station using the online procedure and may use a previous request as a template. If not using the online system, the client may wish to submit an application containing the particulars of the typical earth station to be deployed using Annex B as a guide. Under the typical earth station licensing approach, the licensing of additional similar stations would be facilitated by the submission of only the specific information that would be different for the additional earth stations to be licensed.
Amendment to a Licence. Any changes to the operation of an earth station, as described in the information submitted to obtain a licence, require approval by the Department prior to implementation. To apply for such an approval, the licensee must submit the information for a new licence as described above, with additional information that identifies the licence to be amended. If using the online system, the licensee calls up the licence in question, makes the changes and submits the amendment.
Departmental Response. Industry Canada will evaluate an application and respond to the applicant within 45 days of receipt of a complete application. The response will reflect one or more of the following:
- Application Accepted. Where the application is found acceptable, a radio licence for the station will be issued. In some cases, the issuance of a licence would be subject to the applicant's acceptance of conditions. In such cases, the applicant would be issued an approval in principle for the establishment of the station with the conditions that would apply to the authorization of the earth station. Where the applicant accepts such conditions, a licence would then be issued, along with an invoice for fees.
- Domestic Coordination Required. If domestic coordination is required, the applicant will be advised of the requirement and will be given a list of
other users with whom to coordinate. Once the coordination completed, the applicant must forward the results of the coordination to Industry Canada. Should the
technical parameters of the proposed station be modified as a result of the coordination, the applicant must submit the revised Annex B information. If requested by the Department, the applicant must also provide any relevant
technical information relating to the coordination.
In order to expedite the processing of an application, an applicant may wish to initiate domestic coordination of the proposed frequency assignment in advance of submitting a radio licence application.
- International Coordination Required. If international coordination is required, the Department will initiate the process. However, if sufficient information is not available, or if the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forms of notice are to be provided, the applicant will be advised. As international coordination can be a lengthy process, applicants are advised to submit their applications as far in advance as possible, but not earlier than two years prior to the in-service date.
- Additional Information. Where a requirement for additional information is identified, the applicant will be advised.
- Application Denied. If the application to obtain a licence is denied, the applicant will be advised with a reason given for the denial. To the extent possible, the Department will identify potential alternatives to satisfy the applicant's requirement. The applicant may then modify and resubmit the application based on the response received or request a reconsideration based on the presentation of new information or arguments.
Public Information. The Department's Technical and Administrative Frequency Lists (TAFL) are available to the public. The lists contain the technical parameters of most licensed Canadian earth stations, including fixed earth stations.
7. Approval to Use a Foreign Satellite
To apply for approval to use a foreign satellite in Canada, applicants must submit the information listed in Annex C. Where the department is satisfied that the proposed satellite(s) meet(s) all the criteria for use in Canada, the Department will add the particulars of commercial satellites to the List of Foreign Satellites Approved to Provide Fixed-satellite Services (FSS) in Canada on the Industry Canada website and will advise the applicant.
No fee is charged for this submission of information or to add a satellite to the list of approved satellites.
Applications for approval to use a foreign space station may be attached to earth station applications as MS Word or PDF documents or sent electronically to the Manager, Satellite Authorization Policy (firstname.lastname@example.org), as MS Word or PDF attachments to an email.
8. Related Documents
- Legislative and Regulatory Circular, Radiocommunication Act
- Legislative and Regulatory Circular, Radiocommunication Regulations
- Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations
- Spectrum Utilization Policy SP 1-20 GHz, Revisions to Microwave Spectrum Utilization Policies in the Range of 1- 20 GHz, and associated revisions
- Radio Systems Policy RP-008, Policy Framework for Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) and Broadcasting-Satellite Service (BSS)
- Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems
- Radio Standards Procedure RSP-113, Application Procedures for Planned Radio Stations Above 960 MHz in the Fixed Service
- Standard Radio System Plan SRSP-101, Technical Requirements for Fixed Earth Stations Operating Above 1 GHz in Space Radiocommunication Services and Earth Stations On Board Vessels (ESVs) Operating in the Fixed-Satellite Service
- Radio Standards Specification RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance Radio Apparatus
- Radio Standards Specification RSS-210, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment
- Radio Standards Specification RSS-310, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category II Equipment
- Radiocom Information Circular RIC-42, Guide for Calculating Radio Licence Fees
- Radiocom Information Circular RIC-66, Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Regional and District Offices
- Telecom Regulation Circular TRC-43, Designation of Emissions, Class of Station and Nature of Service
- Telecom Decision CRTC 98-17, Regulatory Regime for the Provision of International Telecommunications Services
- Health Canada Safety Code 6, Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy in the Frequency Range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz
Annex A – Coordination of Frequency Assignments
1. There are two distinct areas of frequency coordination, namely domestic, which is undertaken by the applicant, and international, which is undertaken by Industry Canada.
2. Domestic coordination of earth station frequency assignments shall be undertaken by the applicant with operators of existing and formally proposed terrestrial stations in other radiocommunication services or earth stations operating in the opposite direction of transmission that are located within the coordination area. These operators are identified by the Department using the appropriate procedures established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In the coordination process, frequency growth plans of fixed terrestrial stations that have been provided to the Department in addition to the actual frequency assignments in use or formally proposed under Radio Standards Procedure RSP-113, Application Procedures for Planned Radio Stations Above 960 MHz in the Fixed Service, will be taken into consideration.
3. Applicants attempting domestic coordination of frequency assignments in advance of submitting an application are advised that the coordination area for an earth station must be determined in accordance with the appropriate methods established by the ITU. Industry Canada's Technical and Administrative Frequency Lists (TAFL), which contain the technical parameters of most licensed Canadian radio stations, can be found at Industry Canada's website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/tafl-ltaf.nsf/eng/home. The results of such coordination efforts should be included in the application.
4. The criteria for determining the need for domestic coordination are established in the relevant ITU-R Recommendations. Notwithstanding these criteria, alternative criteria which are mutually agreeable to the parties concerned may be used.
5. The procedures for international coordination are established by the ITU. Such coordination is required where space, earth or terrestrial stations of other administrations might be affected. The criteria to be used in determining whether coordination is necessary are established in Appendices 5 and 7 of the ITU Radio Regulations. The earth station must be within the service area of the associated satellite as notified to the ITU in order for the earth station to be notified. This may impact the approval of the earth station. Upon completion of any required international coordination, frequency assignments to earth stations may, at Industry Canada's discretion, be notified to the Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU so that they may be entered in the Master International Frequency Register.
6. For the fixed-satellite service, international coordination with other satellite networks may be unnecessary for the majority of newly proposed earth stations which are to operate within Canada and which meet as a minimum the standard technical characteristics given in SRSP-101. Therefore, the Department will not seek international inter-space-network coordination of such “conforming” earth stations.
Annex B – Information Required to License a Fixed Earth Station
Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required for ITU coordination and notification. They are not required for C-band coordination with the United States. If unsure whether to respond to these questions, they may be left blank.
Applicant Information and General Information About the Station
Unless alternate arrangements have been made with the Department, all inquiries concerning the licensing of earth stations should be addressed to the appropriate regional office of Industry Canada.
- Account number — Existing clients may enter an account number.
- Provide the full name of the applicant.
- Provide the full address of the applicant.
- Provide the name of the primary contact person.
- Provide the telephone number of the contact person, including the area code, and, if applicable, the extension number and the country code.
- Provide the email address of the contact person.
- Provide the year in which the company applying for the licence was incorporated. New applicants should attach a copy of the certificate of incorporation.
- Provide the name of the jurisdiction in which the company was incorporated.
- Indicate whether this is a short term licence.
- Indicate whether this is a developmental licence.
- Indicate the anticipated date of bringing into use of the station, or the effective date of planned modifications to an existing station.
- State the end date for the short term licence.
- Describe the purpose of the proposed station.
- Describe the type of traffic expected at the earth station.
- Indicate any interconnection of the earth station with public switched networks.
- Indicate the name and location of any other earth station with which communications will be carried out.
- Indicate whether the applicant has undertaken any frequency coordination.
- For stations operating in bands requiring coordination, and where the applicant has attempted such coordination, the applicant should indicate the parties with which coordination was undertaken, including any US licensees if applicable.
- For stations operating in bands requiring coordination, and where the applicant has attempted such coordination, the applicant should indicate any results of the coordination effort.
- State the name of the person authorizing the submission.
- Provide the email address to be notified of application status changes.
- Provide any other information that may assist in the evaluation of the proposal.
- Provide the name of the person, licensed by a provincial association / order of engineers certifying this application.
- Give the name of the provincial association/order.
- Provide the member number of the person certifying this application.
Station (one per application)
- Identify the location of the earth station site by providing the municipality and street address or site name.
- If desired, enter your own reference name or identifier which can be used as a cross-reference for this station.
- Give the geographical latitude of the earth station in degrees, minutes and seconds up to an accuracy of 1/1000 second.
- Give the geographical longitude of the earth station in degrees, minutes and seconds up to an accuracy of 1/1000 second.
- Indicate whether this is a transportable system.
- Give the site elevation in metres above mean sea level.
- Optional information: Where the earth station requires coordination with other domestic or international radiocommunication stations, provide the array of horizon elevation angles (in degrees) and associated azimuths (in degrees) for each azimuth around the earth station starting from True North. There is a maximum of 360 values. This information is provided as an attachment. If this information is not provided, the horizon elevation angles will be derived from available map terrain data and will be used in subsequent ITU coordination and notification procedures.
- For transportable earth stations, provide the radius of operation of the transportable station in kilometres.
- Indicate whether this is an amendment to a station which was previously coordinated, or notified to the ITU. If unsure, leave the answer blank.
Associated Space Station Information
- Identify the space station(s) with which communications will be established. If the name is not on the list, choose “Foreign satellite not on list”. If not using the online system, satellites approved for service in Canada can be found at the following link: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smtgst.nsf/eng/sf02104.html. Include the information required in Annex C, Information Required to Obtain Approval to Use a Foreign Space Station, as an attachment.
- Indicate whether the satellite, with which the earth station will be communicating, is a geostationary satellite (GSO) or a non- geostationary satellite (NGSO).
- If the satellite is a GSO, indicate its orbital position.
- Provide a copy of the agreement between the applicant and the space station operator as an attachment.
- If applicable, attach the information from Annex C required to approve a foreign satellite.
Earth Station Antenna
- Indicate the height (in metres) of the antenna centre above ground level.
- Indicate the diameter of the antenna (in metres) accurate to two (2) decimal places, for example, 1.20.
- Indicate the isotropic gain of the transmit antenna (in dBi) in the direction of maximum radiation.
- Indicate the transmit antenna half-power beamwidth, in degrees.*
- Indicate the isotropic gain of the receive antenna (in dBi) in the direction of maximum radiation.
- Indicate the receive antenna half-power beamwidth, in degrees.*
- Indicate the ITU antenna reference pattern.
- If the pattern is not in the ITU antenna reference pattern list indicated in the question above, attach the antenna measured radiation diagram (taking as a reference the direction of maximum radiation) for each band of operation.
- Indicate the operating azimuthal angle or lower limit of the range (in degrees), clockwise from True North, in the direction of the satellite.
- Indicate the operating azimuthal angle or upper limit of the range (in degrees) if applicable, clockwise from True North, in the direction of the satellite.
- If the earth station is communicating with a GSO, indicate the operating elevation angle (in degrees) of the antenna from the horizontal plane in the direction of the satellite.
- If the earth station is communicating with an NGSO system, provide the range of minimum operating elevation angles (in degrees) of the antenna from the horizontal plane, at various azimuths, between the lower and upper operating azimuthal angles, in the direction of the satellite. The applicant must enter the values in an array. The values are paired with those of the following question.
- If the earth station is communicating with an NGSO system, provide the azimuths corresponding to the minimum antenna elevation angles (in degrees) identified in Question 48. The applicant must enter the values in an array. The values are paired with those of the preceding question.
Transmitting Earth Stations (multiple per station) Note: There can be multiple entries for this section.
- Indicate the transmit beam designation corresponding to the beam of the associated satellite as per questions 35 to 39.*
- Indicate the transmit class of station. Refer to the Telecommunications Regulation Circular TRC‑43, Designation of Emissions, Class of Station and Nature of Service, (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smtgst.nsf/eng/sf00057.html).
- Indicate the transmit nature of service. Refer to TRC-43.
- Provide the frequency band of operation.
- Indicate the transmit carrier frequency (in MHz) of the emission(s).
- Indicate the transmit occupied bandwidth.
- Enter the bandwidth of the assigned transmit frequency band if different from the necessary bandwidth. The assigned frequency band may be wider than the necessary bandwidth to accommodate for Doppler shift.*
- For each carrier, indicate the transmit necessary bandwidth using the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) designators. Refer to TRC-43.*
- For each carrier, indicate the necessary transmit class of emission using the ITU designators. Refer to TRC-43.
- Indicate the type of polarization of the transmitted wave in the direction of maximum radiation.
- In the case of linear polarization, indicate the angle of polarization of the transmitted wave in the direction of maximum radiation.
- Indicate the maximum peak envelope power (dBW) supplied to the input of the antenna.
- Indicate the maximum power density in dB (W/Hz) supplied to the input of the antenna averaged over the worst 4 kHz band for carriers below 15 GHz, or averaged over the worst 1 MHz band for carriers above 15 GHz.
- Indicate the minimum peak envelope power (dBW) supplied to the input of the antenna.*
- If the minimum peak envelope power was not provided, state the reason.*
- Indicate the minimum power density in dB (W/Hz) supplied to the input of the antenna averaged over the worst 4 kHz band for carriers below 15 GHz, or averaged over the worst 1 MHz band for carriers above 15 GHz.*
- If the minimum power density in dB (W/Hz) was not provided, state the reason.*
- State whether the transmit modulation type is digital or analog.
- Where the transmit carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the type of modulation.
- Where the transmit carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the number of modulation phases.
- Where the transmit carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the modulated bit rate in Mb/s (data rate plus any bits added as a result of overhead, i.e., the addition of coding and error correction bits).
- Provide the number of telephone channels.
- For all other types of transmitter modulation, including analog, provide the particulars including the number of voice channels.
Receiving Earth Stations (multiple per station) Note: There can be multiple entries for this section.
- Indicate the receive beam designation corresponding to the beam of the associated satellite as per questions 35 to 39.*
- Indicate the receive class of station. Refer to TRC-43.
- Indicate the receive nature of service. Refer to TRC-43.
- Indicate the receive carrier frequency or frequencies (in MHz) of the emission(s).
- Provide the frequency band.
- Indicate the receive occupied bandwidth.
- Enter the bandwidth of the assigned receive frequency band if different from the necessary bandwidth. Assigned frequency bandwidth may be wider than the necessary bandwidth to accommodate for Doppler shift.*
- For each carrier, indicate the necessary bandwidth using the ITU designators. Refer to TRC-43.*
- For each carrier, indicate the class of emission using the ITU designators. Refer to TRC-43.
- Indicate the type of polarization of the received wave in the direction of maximum gain.
- In the case of linear polarization, indicate the angle of polarization of the received wave in the direction of maximum gain.
- Indicate, in degrees Kelvin, the lowest total receiving system noise temperature with reference to the output of the receiving antenna of the earth station under "clear sky conditions." This value shall be indicated for the nominal value of the angle of elevation when the associated transmitting station is aboard a geostationary satellite and, in other cases, for the minimum value of angle of elevation.
- State the carrier-to-noise ratio (C/N) in dB.*
- If the carrier-to-noise ratio (C/N) was not provided, state the reason.*
- State whether the receive modulation type is analog or digital.
- Where the receive carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the type of modulation phases.
- Where the receive carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the number of modulation phases.
- Where the carrier is digitally modulated, indicate the modulated bit rate in Mb/s (data rate plus any bits added as a result of overhead, for example, of coding and error correction).
- For all other types of transmitter modulation, including analog, provide the particulars including the number of voice channels.
- Provide the number of phone channels.
- Indicate whether the earth station radio equipment will meet all applicable Industry Canada policies and standards currently in force, for example with the technical requirements specified in SRSP-101, and that the earth station radio equipment complies with Safety Code 6. An attachment with an attestation to this is required.
- Provide an attestation that the applicant is or will be compliant with the procedures outlined in CPC-2-0-03, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems.
- The applicant should attach the earth station coordination area diagrams if they are available.
Annex C – Information Required to Obtain Approval to Use a Foreign Space Station
1. Space Stations Foreign-Authorized by WTO Members
In accordance with the schedule of Canadian commitments to the GATS-ABT protocol, foreign space stations are permitted to provide domestic, cross-border and international services. This CPC is the primary regulatory mechanism to ensure compliance with Canadian policy provisions.
This procedure applies to all foreign satellites communicating with a Canadian earth station, even if no satellite services are provided in Canada.
1.2 Main Assessment Criteria
Requests for foreign satellites to communicate with earth stations in Canada are assessed to ensure that:
- the space station has been authorized by a World Trade Organization (WTO) member administration;
- the satellite network has been successfully coordinated via the appropriate ITU procedures and regulations (if coordination has not been completed, approval may be granted subject to successful completion); and
- the satellite station complies with Canadian spectrum policy requirements, in particular with respect to frequency allocations, utilization and efficiency, orderly deployment and co-existence with other radio services and stations authorized for use in the same and adjacent frequency bands.
2. Space Stations Foreign-Authorized by Non-WTO Members
Satellite stations which have been authorized by a non-WTO administration may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
3. Information Required
The request for approval must include the following information:
3.1.1 Give the full name and address of the applicant, as well as a contact name, telephone number, fax number, and email address.
3.1.2 Describe the nature of the relationship between the applicant and the satellite operator.
3.2.1 Give the name of the satellite and the satellite operator. Include the name(s) of the satellite(s) as notified to the ITU, as well as the commercial name (s) of the satellite(s).
3.2.2 Indicate the remaining life expectancy of the satellite.
3.2.3 Name the administration responsible for the satellite and indicate whether the administration is a member of the WTO.
3.2.4 Give the dates that the administration coordinated and notified the satellite network, in its current or proposed operating condition, to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and provide the ITU special section reference number and publication date for both filings. If the satellite network has not yet been notified or if the notice is not yet published, provide a list of administrations with which coordination is required and information describing the status of coordination for each of these administrations.
3.2.5 For geostationary orbit satellites, provide the orbital position of the satellite in degrees West longitude.
3.2.6 For non-geostationary orbit satellites, provide the number of orbital planes, the number of satellites in each orbital plane, the angle of inclination of each orbit, and the altitudes (in kilometres) of the apogee and perigee of the satellites.
3.2.7 Describe the extent and nature of the satellite coverage in Canada. Include coverage maps if necessary.
3.2.8 List the frequency bands that will be used by the satellite, and indicate which bands the associated earth station(s) will use in Canada.
3.2.9 Describe the types of services to be provided in Canada.
3.3 Typical Earth Stations
3.3.1 Provide the parameters of typical earth stations that will operate in Canada. This information is not required if the satellite information is submitted in support of an application to license specific earth stations only.
Annex D — Table of FSS Frequency Bands Available for Use in Canada
This table does not include all frequency bands. Information on other bands and how bands are shared can be found in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations.
|Frequency Band||Canadian Utilization||Coordination Requirements||Notes|
|3700-4200 MHz||FS and FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international|
|5925-6425 MHz||FS and FSS (Earth-to-space)||Domestic and international|
|10.7-10.95 GHz||FS and FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|10.95-11.2 GHz||FS and FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|11.2-11.45 GHz||FS and FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|11.45-11.7 GHz||FS and FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|11.7-12.2 GHz||FSS (space-to-Earth)||International||International coordination required only if the coordination area extends into St. Pierre and Miquelon or Greenland|
|12.75-13.25 GHz||FS and FSS (Earth-to-space)||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|13.75-14.0 GHz||FSS (Earth-to-space) and Radiolocation||Domestic and international||See the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|14.0-14.5 GHz||FSS (Earth-to-space)||International||International coordination required only if the coordination area extends into St. Pierre and Miquelon or Greenland|
|19.7-20.2 GHz||FSS (space-to-Earth)||International|
||Domestic and international||Also see the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|29.5-30.0 GHz||FSS (Earth-to-space)||International|
||Domestic and international||Also see the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and SP 3-30|
|Frequency Band||Canadian Utilization||Coordination Requirements||Notes|
|7250-7750 MHz||FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international||See footnote C49 of the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations|
|7900-8400 MHz||FSS (Earth-to-space)||Domestic and international|
|20.2-21.2 GHz||FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international|
|30.0-31.0 GHz||FSS (Earth-to-space)||Domestic and international|
|39.5-40.5 GHz||FSS (space-to-Earth)||Domestic and international|
For frequency bands not listed in this table, contact the nearest regional office of Industry Canada to determine coordination requirements.