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Ottawa, 26 April 2016

Our reference: 8663-C12-201503186



Re: Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134Footnote 1 – Requests for information

As part of the above-noted proceeding, the Commission is examining the availability of satellite services, including the feasibility of using Ka- and Ku-band satellites for backhaul networks.
Attached are requests for information for which responses are to be filed by 5 May 2016. This submission must be received, not merely sent, by that date.


Original signed by

John Macri
Director, Policy Framework
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Bailey, CRTC, (819) 997-4557,
Sarah O’Brien, CRTC, (819) 635-3217,

Attach. (1)

Distribution List


Requests for information

  1. Would it be technically and economically feasible to upgrade the company’s ground stations so that they are compatible with Ka- or Ku-band service? If so, list all activities that would need to be undertaken to complete such an upgrade, including any measures required to mitigate against rain fade or other issues as compared to the C-band. If not, assuming C-band would continue to be used to deliver voice services, what infrastructure (e.g. community ground station, gateway ground station) would be required to deliver service on a community aggregator model using HTS technology? Provide a diagram showing all major infrastructure components required.
  2. Does the company have any plans to use high throughput satellite (HTS) technology in order to extend its network and meet or exceed 5 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload target speeds in satellite dependent communities? If so, provide the details of those plans. If the company plans to use HTS technology and direct-to-home service, would the company still continue to provide voice and Internet services using the community aggregator model? If not, elaborate on how the company would plan to provide voice services.


Footnote 1

Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134, 9 April 2015, as amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-1, 3 June 2015; Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-2, 22 December 2015; and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-3, 14 January 2016, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134-4, 9 March 2016.

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