Canada sets ‘early 2023’ date for 3800MHz auction

24 May 2021

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced a decision to hold an auction for frequency licences in the 3800MHz (3650MHz-4200MHz) spectrum band in ‘early 2023’ to support expansion of 5G and rural wireless services. The additional 5G spectrum will augment the frequencies set to be distributed via the 3500MHz auction scheduled to start on 15 June 2021.

In a statement on 21 May, ISED noted that satellite services in the newest 5G band will be limited to the 4000MHz-4200MHz part of the range by 2025, with certain exceptions allowing existing fixed satellite services providers to continue using a 500MHz block in more remote areas that rely on satellite for critical services, including broadband connectivity, and protecting existing services from future 5G services in these areas. Wireless broadband service licensees using the 3800MHz range in urban areas will transition by 2025, while licensees in rural areas will have until 2027.

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