Subordination of spectrum licences held by TELUS Communications Inc. to Saskatchewan Telecommunications

Decision regarding the subordinate licences

Application

1. On November 14, 2018, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) received a joint application to subordinate licences in the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS-3) band between TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) and Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel).

2. The subordinate licences, which are across the province of Saskatchewan, 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 application to subordinate licences from TELUS to SaskTel described above is approved, with an additional condition to ensure the licensees continue to actively and independently provide services.

Rationale

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

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

7. Approval of these subordinate licences does not change the overall distribution of spectrum holdings in the relevant licence areas, and allows SaskTel, a wireless service provider in Saskatchewan, access to additional commercial mobile spectrum. 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

Subordination of spectrum licences held by TELUS Communications Inc. to Saskatchewan Telecommunications
Licence Expiry date Frequency range (MHz) Geographic zone
10305866-001 October 8, 2035 1755 -1760
2155 - 2160
2-011
Saskatchewan
10305867-001 October 8, 2035 1760 - 1765
2160 - 2165
2-011
Saskatchewan
10305868-001 October 8, 2035 1765 -1770
2165 - 2170
2-011
Saskatchewan
10283139-001 April 20, 2035 1770 -1775
2170 - 2175
2-011
Saskatchewan
10283343-001 April 20, 2035 1775 -1780
2175 - 2180
2-011
Saskatchewan
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