Canada’s Five-Year Spectrum Plan Revealed, Reviews to Come on Tower Siting


Canada’s Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released its spectrum plans including licensing and auction activities in preparation for upcoming 5G services, for the next five years, on Monday, according to Capacity Media.

The Ministry reported it will review its rules relating to antenna siting and tower sharing as they pertain to 5G services, adding that it will likely use a mixed approach for licenses for new 5G applications.

Anticipated auction dates for other bands are as follows:

  • 600 MHz : March 2019
  • 3500 and 3800 MHz range: late 2020
  • Bands above 20 GHz: late 2021

The four key areas the Ministry tagged as needing more spectrum are: commercial mobile services, license-exempt applications, satellite services and mobile backhaul services. The Ministry says it plans on making additional spectrum available below 1 GHz, between 1-10 GHz and above 10 GHz.

Other release dates are as follows:

  • 800 MHz, the ISED is considering a release in 2018-2022 (priority 2).
  • 900 MHz, no review is expected before 2022 (priority 3).
  • L-band, this band still needs to be observed (priority 2).
  • 1500-1600 MHZ ATC (ancillary terrestrial component) bands, the ISED will review it in late 2019 with the hopes to release them as soon as possible (priority 1).
  • AWS-2 and AWS-3 upaired, these require further clarification (priority 3).
  • 3500 (3450-3650) and 3800 (3650-4200) MHz, a release for flexible use in late 2020 (priority 1).
  • 5 GHz, ISED said it will wait until the next ITU World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-19) before it makes any changes here, therefore it is priority 3
  • 6 GHZ, ISED said it will review the priority 3 status of the band depending on developments in the US and elsewhere.   Source: Capacity Media.

Published June 12, 2018

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