Industry Canada expects the wireless industry to need at least eight months between the release of the department's 700 MHz auction rules and the auction, the department said in a memo in 2010. The department has not yet released its highly anticipated rules resulting from a consultation for the 700 MHz auction. An eight-month preparation period following the release of the rules means the auction could be pushed off until 2013. The briefing note, written before Industry Canada launched its 700 MHz auction consultation, acknowledged the importance of timing. “The auction implementation stage follows the publication of the final consultation decisions and will generally take eight months from the time of the decision on the final policy and licensing framework to the opening of the bidding process. This timeframe is required such that bidders may form partnerships, raise capital, submit the applications required to participate, pass the qualification processes, receive training and participate in mock auctions,” the briefing note, dated Oct. 21, 2010 and addressed to former industry minister Tony Clement, said. The Wire Report obtained the memo through an access-to-information request. Following consultations on auctions for the 700 MHz and the 2500 MHz bands, “a final consultation” will look at “the auction design, rules and licensing procedures,” the memo said. The memo indirectly noted the high-level of competition for 700 MHz spectrum, noting that there “is a limited amount of spectrum available in the 700 MHz band, clearly not enough for all current service providers.” Bruce Kirby, Public Mobile’s vice-president of strategy and business development, said this month that the department should release the rules by the end of February if it still intends to hold the auction this year.