Subordination of spectrum licences between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Bell Mobility Inc. in the Broadband Radio Service band

June 2018

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On January 23, 2018, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received a joint application to subordinate spectrum licences in the Broadband Radio Service (BRS) band between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) and Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) to further the current Rogers/Bell Network sharing Agreement within Manitoba.

2. The subordinate licences, which are across the province of Manitoba, 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 Rogers and Bell described above is approved.

Rationale

5. The acquisition of MTS by Bell comprised multiple staggered transactions including licence transfers and subordinate licensing, and revisions to the original network Agreement in Manitoba. 

6. In February 2017, the Department reviewed the revised network Agreement, and assessed and approved 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.

7. The application to subordinate licences between Rogers and Bell is consistent with the revised Agreement and forms one of the transactional elements of the approved MTS/Bell framework. 

8. 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 Bell Mobility Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010287381-002 March 31, 2031 837.5 - 840.0 MHz
882.5 - 885.0 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
010283809-001 June 23, 2035 2510 - 2520 MHz
2630 - 2640 MHz
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
010283527-001 June 23, 2035 2510 - 2520 MHz
2630 - 2640 MHz
Tier 3-040
Brandon
010286881-001 March 31, 2021 2520 - 2530 MHz
2640 - 2650 MHz
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
010286883-001 March 31, 2021 2520 - 2530 MHz
2640 - 2650 MHz
Tier 3-040
Brandon
Spectrum licences included in the application to subordinate licences held by Rogers Communications Inc. to Bell Mobility Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010287195-001 March 31, 2031 845 - 846.5 MHz
890 - 891.5 MHz
Tier 2-010
Manitoba
010284165-001 March 31, 2021 2530 - 2540 MHz
2650 - 2660 MHz
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
010285081-001 March 31, 2021 2530 - 2540 MHz
2650 - 2660 MHz
Tier 3-040
Brandon
010283235-001 June 23, 2035 2540 - 2550 MHz
2660 - 2670 MHz
Tier 3-039
Winnipeg
010283745-001 June 23, 2035 2540 - 2550 MHz
2660 - 2670 MHz
Tier 3-040
Brandon
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