Feds To Auction 700 MHz Beachfront Band

Industry Canada, the federal department mandated with “fostering a growing, competitive, knowledge-based Canadian economy” and responsible for establishing telecommunications policies, has announced plans to auction off the 700 MHz bandwidth during the first half of 2013.

According to Industry Canada, the 700 MHz spectrum (698-806 MHz) band, considered the “beachfront property” of wireless spectrums, is being auctioned to accommodate the increased usage of mobile devices and service providers and to offer bandwidth allocation for emergency response services as this low-frequency spectrum provides significant improvements in download speeds, better penetration of buildings and other obstacles, and wider coverage.

The auction follows a 2010 US decision by the Federal Communications Commission that banned wireless microphones and similar devices from using the 700 MHz spectrum. Manufacturers and event production companies will have to adapt to the bandwidth landscape ensuring that their operations stay out of the 700 MHz spectrum.

For more information on the auction, visit the Industry Canada website:

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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