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24/38 GHz auction winners given reprieve

Briefs | 06/05/2007 2:52 pm EDT

Industry Canada has announced that winners in the 24 GHz and 38 GHz spectrum auction of 1999 will have more time to implement spectrum usage plans. As a condition of licence, auctions winners were to have demonstrated spectrum usage by a certain date unless they were granted an extension. The department received extension requests from several licensees, which notes that their inability to deploy networks has been hampered by the lack of affordable and suitable equipment. DGRB-003-07 amends the spectrum usage condition of licence, requiring "that licensees demonstrate to the Minister of Industry that their spectrum has been put to use by the end of their licence terms." Industry Canada also notes that it will issue a consultation paper "in the upcoming year" regarding the manner in which spectrum licence renewals will be handled. 

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