11 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Canada’s ministry of innovation, science and economic development (ISED) has published its spectrum plans for the next five years.
The report highlights licensing and auction activities in
preparation for upcoming 5G services and the growing demand for
services in general.
The ISED has stated previously that it will hold its spectrum
auction for 600MHz band in 2019. Bidding is due to begin in
March and potential bidders have until December of this year to
submit their applications.
As for 3500 and 3800Mhz range, an auction for that could
take place in late 2020. While bands above 20GHz, a release of
some of those frequencies could take place in late 2021.
After carrying out a number of consultations the Ministry
has identified four keys areas that requires more spectrum,
they are: commercial mobile services, license-exempt
applications, satellite services and mobile back-haul services.
The ISED also said that it wanted to ensure that benefits of
spectrum released reach both rural and urban communities,
including making sure that region carriers have access to the
The ministry will also review its rules that relate to
antenna sitting and tower sharing as it relates to 5G services,
adding that it will likely use a mixed approach for licenses
for new 5G applications and services.
The ISED has created Priority Groups for spectrum bands.
Bands in priority 1 are scheduled for release in 2018-2022.
Priority 2 bands, policy work and technical standards work will
start during the five year period. Priority band 3 will only be
monitored during the five year period, largely due to the
uncertainty around international developments and potential
equipment available, so work will not continue in these bands
until more has been clarified.
As for specific bands, the Ministry says it plan on making
additional spectrum available below 1GHz, between 1-10 GHz and
Aside from 600MHz which we know will have an auction in
March 2019 (priority 1), the rest are as follows:
ministry of innovation,
science and economic development,