Access to fast, dependable and reasonably priced Internet and wireless services stands as a crucial requirement for the people of Canada. This is why the Canadian government is persistently working to open up additional spectrum resources, aiming to enhance the quality, coverage and affordability of telecommunications services.
François-Philippe Champagne, the Honorable Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has unveiled the Spectrum Outlook for the period spanning 2023 to 2027.
This document delineates the government's strategies for leveraging spectrum to furnish cost-effective, high-caliber telecom services. These strategies encompass facilitating the swift rollout of 5G technology, enhancing connectivity in rural areas, endorsing the utilization of wireless technologies as tools against climate change and promoting the advancement of relations with Indigenous Peoples.
Furthermore, the Spectrum Outlook presents the government's roadmap for releasing spectrum over the forthcoming years, ensuring an ample supply of spectrum for the services that Canadians rely upon.
“The Government of Canada will continue to make more of this important public resource available and ensure it is quickly put to use to strengthen the telecom services Canadians depend on,” stated Champagne.
Continuing its momentum from various achievements in spectrum management following the release of the 2018-2022 Spectrum Outlook, the government is unwavering in its commitment to the "use it or lose it" principle regarding spectrum utilization. This approach ensures that allocated spectrum is promptly employed for the collective benefit of all Canadian citizens.
During the formulation of spectrum release plans and consultation processes, the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED Canada) agency takes into account factors such as the demand for diverse wireless services, international spectrum assignments, the evolution of telecom equipment ecosystems and standards that facilitate Canadians' access to cutting-edge technologies.
On October 24, 2023, the 3800 MHz auction will commence, marking the third significant auction making 5G spectrum accessible. This auction follows the previous 600 MHz auction in 2019 and the 3500 MHz auction in 2021.