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AWS-4 spectrum being made available for both land- and satellite-based mobile services

May 21, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada

Industry Minister James Moore announced today that the Government of Canada will hold consultations on AWS-4 spectrum. The rollout of services using this spectrum will improve mobile services network coverage in virtually all rural and remote areas of Canada, which supports greater competition and provides more choice for wireless consumers. This wide-scale coverage also benefits commercial users, such as those in the resource sector, that work in isolated areas.

Quick facts

  • AWS-4 spectrum can support mobile services using both satellite- and terrestrial-based networks across the country.
  • The Government is consulting on proposed changes that would allow licensees to launch new services and create new competition in the Canadian wireless market.
  • The proposed licensing framework for this spectrum will generally align with that of the United States, will create access to affordable equipment and will enable this spectrum to be put to use for the benefit of wireless consumers.


"Spectrum is a critical public resource, and it is our job as a government to ensure it is allocated in a way that encourages robust competition and choice in our wireless market. Canadian consumers have been clear that they want more choice, lower prices and better service. This consultation will allow Canadians to have a say on how to improve mobile services in rural and remote communities."

– Industry Minister James Moore

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