Industry Canada has announced it “will allow a full range of fixed and mobile applications” for wireless broadband services in the 3650-3700 MHz band. The department released its technical requirements for the band in a report last week. Point-to-multipoint, point-to-point, and point-to-area applications will be allowed to operate on the band, the department says. The band will be divided into two sub-bands. On the lower sub-band, from 3650 to 3675 MHz, only licensees using restricted contention protocols will be allowed to operate, except in low population areas. Restricted contention protocols prevent co-frequency interference between radio equipment using similar protocols. Those using unrestricted contention protocols, which prevent interference between radio equipment using dissimilar protocols, will be allowed to operate in the entirety of the band. Canada has not reached an agreement with the United States on the sharing of this portion of the spectrum in border regions. Operators will be required to build fixed stations and antennas at a distance from the border to reduce interference. In August 2006, Industry Canada announced a public consultation reviewing use of the 3650-3700 band, given the uncertainty of its use in the United States. The department subsequently designated the band for wireless broadband service.