Industry Canada has opened a call for submissions to acquire a licence in the 17 GHz broadcast satellite spectrum at the 95-degree west orbital position. The spectrum is potentially valuable for direct-to-home satellite distribution but the licence holder would have to be cleared for Canadian use with the International Telecommunication Union, the department said in a notice issued this month. The spectrum is part of leftover frequency from the department’s 2006 Satellite Licensing Initiative, which left 17 of 29 potential licences unassigned and available for other applications. The department opened the call for submissions after receiving an application for the spectrum licence from 95W Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. Other interested parties have until Oct. 11 to submit a notice of interest with the department and will be given an additional 60 days to submit a full application. If additional applications are received, the department said it will follow the 2006 initiative’s guidelines to select a winning applicant.