Subordination of spectrum licences held by TELUS Communications Company to Bell Mobility Inc. and Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

June 2018

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On March 31, 2017, as a result of the approved acquisition of MTS Inc. (MTS) by Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received an application from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers), TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) and Bell to subordinate licences held by TELUS to Bell and Rogers in rural Manitoba.

2. Upon its acquisition of MTS, Bell replaced MTS in the network sharing arrangement that MTS had with Rogers (the “Agreement”). Bell and Rogers modified the Agreement to include TELUS in the rural component of this shared network. TELUS, Bell and Rogers have requested that commercial mobile spectrum licences held by TELUS across Manitoba be sub-divided to exclude the area constituting TELUS’ existing network, and be subordinated to Bell and Rogers. The licences are described in annex A.

3. Terms not defined in this decision have the meaning set out in Client Procedures Circular CPC 2-1-23, Licensing Procedure for Spectrum Licences for Terrestrial Services.

Decision

4. The subordinate licence application from TELUS, Rogers and Bell described above is approved.

Rationale

5. In approving the acquisition of MTS by Bell, the Department assessed revisions to the network sharing agreements in Manitoba and all of the associated transfer and subordinate transactions against the policy objectives and criteria set out in section 5.6 of CPC 2-1-23.

6. The application to subordinate the licences described in annex A from TELUS to Rogers and Bell is consistent with the revised Agreement and forms part of the associated subordinate licences of the previously approved transfer.

7. Approving the subordinate licence application would have no impact on the overall spectrum holdings or distribution, or on the ability of existing and future competitors to provide services.

Annex A

Spectrum licences included in the application to subordinate licences held by TELUS Communications Company to Bell Mobility Inc. and Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Licence Expiry date Area Area description Lower frequency range
(MHz)
Upper frequency range
(MHz)
Service
010282085-001 2034-04-02 2-010 Manitoba 698 704 728 734 MBS
010282901-001 2034-04-02 2-010 Manitoba 704 710 734 740 MBS
010284041-001 2034-04-02 2-010 Manitoba 716 722 MBS
010283511-001 2034-04-02 2-010 Manitoba 722 728 MBS
010286739-001 2031-03-31 2-010 Manitoba 1950 1955 1870 1875 PCS
010285849-001 2031-03-31 2-010 Manitoba 1955 1960 1875 1880 PCS
010284363-001 2031-03-31 2-010 Manitoba 1960 1965 1880 1885 PCS
010286011-001 2033-05-22 2-010 Manitoba 1965 1970 1885 1890 PCS
010283953-001 2018-12-30 3-040 Brandon 2145 2155 1745 1755 AWS-1
010283681-001 2018-12-30 3-039 Winnipeg 2145 2155 1745 1755 AWS-1
010283075-001 2035-06-23 3-040 Brandon 2670 2680 2550 2560 BRS
010282857-001 2035-06-23 3-039 Winnipeg 2670 2680 2550 2560 BRS
010282613-001 2035-06-23 3-040 Brandon 2680 2690 2560 2570 BRS
010282859-001 2035-06-23 3-039 Winnipeg 2680 2690 2560 2570 BRS
010305863-001 2035-10-08 2-010 Manitoba 2155 2160 1755 1760 AWS-3
010305864-001 2035-10-08 2-010 Manitoba 2160 2165 1760 1765 AWS-3
010305865-001 2035-10-08 2-010 Manitoba 2165 2170 1765 1770 AWS-3
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