On May 12th, Industry Canada announced the completion of its 2500 MHz Broadband Radio Service (BRS) auction, which brought valuable new spectrum to a number of mobile and fixed wireless operators in Canada. The auction finished with great success, awarding more than 95% of the licences auctioned in the BRS spectrum, and bringing $755,371,001.00 of proceeds.
“The 2500 MHz BRS spectrum will bring additional capacity to Canadian consumers for mobile and fixed wireless applications, and it will allow the use of this spectrum in Canada for a very robust ecosystem of devices (including new generation of mobile devices like Samsung S6 and Apple iPhone 6)”, says Alex Pavlovic, Director of Technology at Nordicity. “The licences offered in this auction correspond to 3GPP’s LTE bands 7 and 38, which are assigned on a global basis”, adds Pavlovic. “This means that mobile devices employing BRS frequencies and originating from other operators worldwide, will be able to roam on LTE networks in Canada. At the same time, the 'unpaired' part of the BRS spectrum will deliver increased capacity and improved Internet and broadband connectivity to rural Canadians using fixed wireless access based on TDD technologies, including TD-LTE (LTE TDD)."
The auction, which started on April 14th, was completed in less than a month, and was delivered in the combinatorial clock auction (CCA) format, allowing bidders to better align their bidding strategies with business plans. The CCA format was previously used in the Industry Canada’s 700 MHz auction, held in 2014. In the 2500 MHz auction, the CCA format was modified to allow more flexible bidding in the supplementary round (by “OR” bidding).
Nordicity worked closely with clients in both 700 MHz and 2500 MHz auctions. “We are proud to say that, for the 2500 MHz auction, Nordicity worked with a nation-wide service provider, and provided pre-auction training and preparation which included running a number of CCA simulations and analysis of the results, and strategic and tactical advice during the auction”, says Stuart Jack, Partner and Telecom Lead at Nordicity. “We are quite pleased with the successful outcome of this auction, which will allow our client to further expand their business and deliver high-quality wireless broadband connectivity across Canada”, concludes Jack.
Expert advice and spectrum auctions consulting are elements of Nordicity’s portfolio of spectrum management consulting services aimed to help network operators and national regulators with a wide range of issues – from spectrum planning and spectrum coordination to business valuation of spectrum resources, benchmarking and business modelling.
For more information or for assistance with your spectrum management consulting needs, please contact Stuart Jack at (613) 234 0120 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alex Pavlovic at (613) 234-3937 or at email@example.com.