Regulatory Update for White Space Devices

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 11:28 AM

The Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) of Canada addresses spectrum utilization by white space devices in the very-high frequency (VHF) and the ultra-high frequency (UHF) bands.

Frequency ranges: 54-72 MHz, 76-88 MHz, 174-216 MHz, and 470-698 MHz

The following decisions were made in this update:

  1. Fixed white space devices are permitted to operate in TV channels 3 and 4 (60-72 MHz).
  2. The types of white space devices allowed to operate in TV channels 14 to 20 (470-512 MHz) is expanded to include personal/portable devices, in addition to fixed white space devices.
  3. White space devices will continue to be prohibited in channel 37 (608-614 MHz) at this time.
  4. White space devices will not be permitted to operate in the 600 MHz commercial mobile bands (617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz) at this time.
  5. White space devices will not be permitted to operate in the guard band (614-617 MHz) or in the lower 5 MHz portion of the duplex gap (652-657 MHz).
  6. Low power personal/portable white space devices will be permitted to operate in the upper 6 MHz portion of the duplex gap (657-663 MHz).

Increasing white space spectrum availability is part of ongoing efforts to make spectrum accessible for service in a way that accommodates smaller service providers, as well as increasing spectrum usage.

ISED will update the appropriate regulatory and technical standards to account for the decisions made in this update.

The full update of the decisions on the technical and policy framework for white space devices can be found here.

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