Subordinate Licences for Spectrum Licences Held by TELUS Communications Inc. to Sogetel Mobilité Inc.

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On October 20, 2017, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received an application for the issuance of subordinate licences in the 700 MHz band from TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) to Sogetel Mobilité Inc. (Sogetel) in local telephone service areas (TEL) of eastern and southern Quebec. Additional information was provided on February 21, 2018. The primary licences are described in annex A.

2. Additionally, amendments to three of Bell’s subordinate licences from TELUS were requested to remove areas that overlap the TEL areas covered in this application.

3. The application was reviewed under the relevant provisions of Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services.

4. Terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in CPC-2-1-23.

Decision

5. The subordinate licence application from TELUS to Sogetel described above, including amendments to Bell’s subordinate licences, is approved.

Rationale

6. The application was assessed against the policy objectives and criteria set out in section 5.6 of CPC-2-1-23.

7. ISED has reviewed the agreement between TELUS and Sogetel and notes that, for the subordinate licences requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licences.

8. Approval of the subordinate licences does not change the overall distribution of spectrum holdings in the relevant licence areas, and allows Sogetel access to additional commercial mobile spectrum increasing network capacity. ISED has determined that the subordinate licences would not impact the ability of existing or future competitors to provide services in the relevant areas.

Annex A

Subordinate licences from TELUS Communications Inc. to Sogetel Mobilité Inc.
Licence number Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
10283793-001* April 2, 2034 710- 716 MHz 2-004
Eastern Quebec
740-746 MHz
10283795-001** April 2, 2034 710- 716 MHz 2-005
Southern Quebec
740-746 MHz
* Subdivided on a TEL basis (TEL-014)

** Subdivided on a TEL basis (TEL-005, TEL-010, TEL-014, TEL-016)
Amended Bell subordinate licences (to remove TEL areas)
Licence number Expiry date Tier Service area name Frequency (MHz) Additional details
010288933-001 April 2, 2034 3-09 Quebec 710-716 Excludes TEL-014
740-746
010288443-001 April 2, 2034 3-11 Eastern Townships 710 - 716 Excludes TEL-010 and TEL-014
740 -746
010288325-001 April 2, 2034 3-12 Trois-Rivières 710 - 716 Excludes TEL-005, TEL-010, TEL-014 and TEL-016
740 -746
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