Government of Canada launches consultation to ensure Canadians have access to high-quality wireless services

Consultation opens for 3800 MHz spectrum auction policy and licensing framework 

December 17, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians rely on wireless services for work, school, finances and health care, making access to high-quality and affordable services essential. That is why the Government of Canada is making spectrum available to encourage competition in the wireless services market, improve rural connectivity and ensure the effective deployment of 5G technologies.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the launch of the consultation on a policy and licensing framework for spectrum in the 3800 MHz band to support 5G and promote competition in wireless services. Licensing the 3800 MHz band will allow for the deployment of new technologies, which will lead to the creation of good jobs and new products and services for Canadians.

The consultation specifically seeks input on issues such as the network build-out requirements that should be imposed on licence holders, measures within the auction framework to support wireless competition, and additional provisions to support Canada’s Connectivity Strategy.

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