Archived — Gazette Notice DGRB-002-05
Department of Industry
Notice No. DGRB-002-05 — Available Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum in the 2 GHz frequency range
The Department wishes to inform interested parties of the availability of unassigned and returned Personal Communication Services (PCS) spectrum in several markets located throughout Canada. This announcement is an update of the available PCS spectrum identified in notice DGRB-004-03, published on November 8, 2003.
PCS spectrum currently available for licensing is listed in Appendix 1 of this document. This appendix will be updated regularly, and interested parties are encouraged to view the latest update on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.
In December 1995, the Minister of Industry awarded PCS licences to 14 companies following a comparative licensing process: two national 30 MHz licences to two companies; a national 10 MHz licence to another company; and a national 10 MHz licence to 11 regional shareholders of one company for operating in their territories. A number of the available licences were not awarded at that time, and, recently, some of the 10 MHz regional licences have been returned to the Department.
In January 2001, the Department held an auction for PCS blocks C1, C2, C3 and E. While 52 spectrum licences were awarded using this process, PCS spectrum in a number of service areas was still available at the conclusion of the auction.
In November 2003, the Department issued a Canada Gazette Notice DGRB-004-03 to inform interested parties that it intended to license the PCS spectrum not assigned following the PCS spectrum auction process completed in 2001, either on a first-come, first-served basis (FCFS) or, where demand exceeded supply, by auction. While two companies were assigned spectrum licences through this process, some PCS spectrum remains available.
Effective April 2004, the Department implemented the transition of the cellular and incumbent PCS licences to new licensing and fee regimes based on spectrum licences and a common fee regime. Subsequent to this transition, previously licensed PCS spectrum has been returned and is once again available.
In areas where there is no contention for the spectrum, the Department will use the FCFS process to assign the available spectrum.
Licences issued under an FCFS process are subject to the fees established in Notice DGRB-005-03, available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08105.html. Fees for cellular and PCS licences are based on the amount of spectrum assigned (i.e. number of MHz) and the total population of the service area. Further information on the licence fees for cellular and PCS licences can be found in CPC-2-1-10, Spectrum Licence Fee Calculations for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS) at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01291.html.
Should the demand for PCS spectrum in a particular service area surpass the available supply, the Department will make the licences available through a competitive process. Only applications submitted before the deadlines outlined under "Application details" below will be eligible to participate in the competitive process.
All successful applicants must be eligible to become radiocommunication carriers as described in subsection 10(2) of the Radiocommunication Regulations and, as such, must meet the related ownership and control requirements (refer to CPC-2-0-15 at http:ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01763.html). Furthermore, licence conditions similar to those applicable to the licences awarded through the 2 GHz PCS auction will also apply to any licence issued using either the FCFS or a competitive process. These licence conditions are available at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf05471.html.
Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal, which must include the name and the address of the applicant, the frequency block (or portion thereof) and the service area (or portion thereof) of interest. An application form is available online, at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08094.html
To ensure that all applications are considered, and for the Department to be able to assess whether there is any contention for the spectrum, the Department has established four assessment dates. Applications for any of the available spectrum will be considered for licensing after the close of the assessment date following their receipt. Any spectrum not licensed after an assessment date will remain available. All PCS spectrum that is returned to the Department will be added to Appendix 1 and will be available for licensing during subsequent assessments.
The Department will assess demand for this spectrum over the next year:
First assessment date: 5:00 p.m. EST, September 16, 2005
Second assessment date: 5: 00 p.m. EST, December 16, 2005
Third assessment date: 5:00 p.m. EST, March 17, 2006
Fourth assessment date: 5: 00 p.m. EST, June 16, 2006
The Department will re-evaluate the need for an ongoing PCS licensing assessment process after June 2006.
Applications should be submitted to Industry Canada by post or by email to any of the following addresses, according to the location of the applicant or the service area sought:
Atlantic Spectrum Regional Office
1045 Main Street
4th Floor, Unit 103
Moncton, New Brunswick
Quebec Regional Office
5 Place Ville-Marie
Ontario Regional Office
151 Yonge Street
Prairie and Northern Region
400 St. Mary Avenue
Pacific Regional Office
Library Square, Room 2000
300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Copies of this notice and documents referred to therein are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home.
Official printed copies of Canada Gazette notices can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at http://canadagazette. gc.ca/publication-e.html or by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.
June 30, 2005
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
The current listing of all available PCS spectrum can be found on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home and will be updated following the completion of each assessment period identified in this notice.
A description of each service area can be found under the Service Areas for Competitive Licensing, at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01627.html.
|Area||Descriptive Name|| Popula-
|MHz||Rate||Annual Fee 1|
|2-01||Newfoundland and Labrador||513 283||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$180,284|
|2-03||New Brunswick||728 996||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$256,050|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187 081||A||PCS C1||10||0.03512361||$65,710|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187 081||B||PCS C2||10||0.03512361||$65,710|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187 081||C||PCS C3||10||0.03512361||$65,710|
|2-07||Northern Quebec||187 081||D||PCS E||10||0.03512361||$65,710|
|TEL-02||Sept-Îles and Gaspésie, Beauce, Saint-Georges, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce||515 661||F||PCS B3||10||0.03512361||$181,119|
|TEL-03|| Abitibi and James Bay, Mont-Laurier,
Les Bois-Francs, Saint-Ours, Magdalen Islands, Clarendon, Bedford, Drummondville-Sud, Château-Richer, Frontenac
|361 787||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$127,073|
|TEL-04||Valcourt||10 848||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$3,810|
|TEL-05||La Baie||1 135||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,000|
|TEL-07||Lambton||2 199||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,000|
|TEL-08||Nantes||1 424||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,000|
|TEL-09||Saint-Victor||2 460||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,000|
|TEL-10||Warwick||10 773||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$3,784|
|TEL-11||Acton||4 232||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,486|
|TEL-12||Saint-Éphrem||2 585||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,000|
|TEL-13||Saint-Liboire||4 453||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,564|
|TEL-14||Etchemin, Nicolet, Saint-Ludger||34 187||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$12,008|
|TEL-15||Sainte-Rosalie, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil||13 797||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$4,846|
|TEL-16||Saint-Paulin||9 908||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$3,480|
|TEL-20||North-Eastern Ontario||109 185||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$38,350|
|TEL-23||Cochrane||6 348||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$2,230|
|TEL-26||Kenora||11 812||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$4,149|
|TEL-37||Moosonee, Iroquois Falls, Marten River, Temagami||4 171||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$1,465|
|Prairie and Northern Region|
|2-11||Saskatchewan||975 717||B||PCS C2||10||0.03512361||$342,707|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92 707||2||PCS C1||5||0.03512361||$16,281|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92 707||B||PCS C2||10||0.03512361||$32,562|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92 707||C||PCS C3||10||0.03512361||$32,562|
|2-14||Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut||92 707||D||PCS E||10||0.03512361||$32,562|
|TEL-46||Fort Nelson Area||10 269||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$3,607|
|TEL-47||Prince Rupert||14 643||G||PCS D||10||0.03512361||$5,143|
1The minimum yearly fee is $1,000. If the licence is issued after April, it will be prorated for the month when it occurs.
2Only the 1897.5-1900/1977.5-1980 MHz portion of block C1 is available in market area 2-14.
Frequency A: Block C1 1895-1900/1975-1980 MHz
Frequency B: Block C2 1900-1905/1980-1985 MHz
Frequency C: Block C3 1905-1910/1985-1990 MHz
Frequency D: Block E 1885-1890/1965-1970 MHz
Frequency F: Block B3 1880-1985/1960-1965 MHz
Frequency G: Block D 1865-1870/1945-1950 MHz
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