PCS spectrum licence transfer and subordination between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications

Decision regarding the licences

Application

1. On August 31, 2018, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received an application to transfer and subordinate licences in the Personal Communications Services (PCS) band in Saskatchewan between Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) and Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel). These licences are described in annex A.

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

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

Decision

4. The transfer and subordination submitted by Rogers and SaskTel described above is approved.

Rationale

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

6. Approval of the application does not change the overall distribution of spectrum holdings in the relevant licence area, and allows both Rogers and SaskTel to align contiguous blocks of spectrum in the PCS band in Saskatchewan. ISED has determined that the transfers and subordinate licence would not impact the ability of existing or future competitors to provide services in the relevant area.

7. ISED has reviewed the agreement between Rogers and SaskTel and notes that, for the subordinate licence requested, the primary licensee retains control of its spectrum licence.

Annex A — Spectrum licence to be transferred from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to Saskatchewan Telecommunications

Spectrum licence to be transferred from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to Saskatchewan Telecommunications
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010287387-001 June 19, 2031 1895 - 1900
1975 - 1980
Tier 2-011
Saskatchewan
Spectrum licence to be transferred from Saskatchewan Telecommunications to Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010285895-001 March 31, 2031 1865 - 1870
1945 - 1950
Tier 2-011
Saskatchewan
Spectrum licence to be subordinated from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to Saskatchewan Telecommunications
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010287529-001 December 31, 2023 1890 - 1895
1970 - 1975
Tier 2-011
Saskatchewan
Spectrum licence to be subordinated from Saskatchewan Telecommunications to Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic area
010283031-001 December 14, 2023 1910 – 1915
1990 – 1995
Tier 2-011
Saskatchewan
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