Days before the hammer is raised for the 700 MHz auction, the
Canadian government has already announced its next spectrum
On January 10, Industry Minister James Moore announced that the government will
commence an auction of 2500 MHz spectrum on April 15,
2015. The spectrum will be licensed in paired blocks of 10 +
10 MHz and unpaired blocks of 25 MHz. Licence availability
varies across different blocks and regions of the country, but a
total of 318 licences will be offered, each with a 20 year
term. Applications will be due by November 27, 2014.
Coincident with the announcement, the government posted the Licensing Framework for Broadband Radio
Service (BRS) – 2500 MHz Band, which sets out
the rules and procedures for participation in the spectrum auction,
including the auction format and rules, the application process and
timelines and the conditions of licence that will apply to BRS
The auction framework includes a number of features that the
government believes will help foster sustained competition in the
wireless telecommunications market, as well as robust investment
and innovation by wireless service providers and extension of
services to rural residents. These features include the
The auction framework imposes a spectrum aggregation limit of 40
MHz in each service area of the 2500 MHz band, except in the far
north, where there is no such limit.
Spectrum will be auctioned in blocks assigned to smaller
geographic licence areas than previous auctions, for the expressed
purpose of providing more opportunity for rural Internet service
providers to acquire spectrum. In addition to potential use
to support mobile wireless data applications, the spectrum can also
be used to provide fixed broadband Internet services in rural
The spectrum caps will remain in place for 5 years from the date
that licences are issued, although any transfer of spectrum is
subject to the prior approval of Industry Canada.
Use it or lose it
Licences for 2500 MHz spectrum will be subject to conditions of
licence that will require licensees to demonstrate that within 10
years of licensing the spectrum has been materially deployed,
meeting minimum population coverage targets of between 10 and 50%,
depending on the specific licence area.
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