15 applicants for Canada’s 700 MHz spectrum auction

According to Indsutry Canada, the government has received 15 applicants for the auction of spectrum licences for mobile broadband services (MBS) in the 700 MHz Band. The government is planning to auction seven blocks of spectrum. Three blocks of 6+6 MHz, 2 blocks of 6 MHz and 2 blocks of 5+5 MHz.

In this auction, we are not seeing any participation from US  4G operators say Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.

Applicants for 700 MHz spectrum auction

Operator                                                Status
Alberta                                                        Application received
Bell Mobility                                              Application received
BH Wave Acquisition                              Application received
Bragg Communications                          Application received
Feenix Wireless                                        Application received
Globalive Wireless Management          Application received
MTS                                                            Application received
Novus Wireless                                        Application received
Rogers Communications Partnership Application received
Saskatchewan Telecommunications   Application received
TBayTel                                                     Application received
TELUS Communications Company    Application received
The Catalyst Capital Group                   Application received
Vecima Networks                                    Application received
VidEotron s.e.n.c.                                    Application received

Frequency blocks to be available in all 14 service areas for the 700 MHz auction in Canada are as follows:

Block size for spectrum in the 700 MHz band
Block     Frequency                         Pairing     MHz
A     698-704 MHz/728-734 MHz     paired         6+6 MHz
B     704-710 MHz/734-740 MHz      paired         6+6 MHz
C     710-716 MHz/740-746 MHz       paired         6+6 MHz
D     716-722 MHz                                 unpaired     6 MHz
E     722-728 MHz                                 unpaired     6 MHz
C1     777-782 MHz/746-751 MHz     paired         5+5 MHz
C2     782-787 MHz/751-756 MHz    paired         5+5 MHz

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