Canada consults on 5G mmWave licensing framework

8 Jun 2022

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has opened its mmWave Licensing Framework Consultation, proposing to make more 5G spectrum available to develop higher quality services and innovative new applications. According to ISED, the mmWave 26GHz, 28GHz and 38GHz bands are expected to support both highly localised mobile 5G services (such as in crowded sports arenas) and new applications from industries such as manufacturing and transportation. The consultation follows a spectrum repurposing decision announced in 2019, with the mmWave licence auction planned for 2024. The consultation also proposes to make additional mmWave spectrum available through a future non-competitive licensing process to support new and non-traditional users. The consultation’s closing date for initial comments is 6 September 2022 with ‘reply comments’ accepted until 7 October 2022.

Currently there are satellite service licensees in all three mmWave bands but satellite earth stations are only licensed in the 28GHz band, while there are fixed service licences in the 38GHz band only. In 2019 ISED implemented a moratorium on new 26GHz, 28GHz and 38GHz terrestrial service licences, and once the new licensing framework is established for these bands, the previous framework for terrestrial services will no longer apply, while ISED has set out a transition plan for incumbent frequency holders.

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