The goverment of Canada has announced major spectrum plans in its effort to further improve mobile services in the country. Industry Minister James Moore tabled new measures that will make more spectrum available to mobile operators in Canada. According to James, by May 2015, the amount of spectrum available to mobile operators has grown by almost 60 percent compared to early 2014. As part of this initiave, the government of Canada will be auctioning the AWS-3 spectrum, while exploring the feasibility of using the 600Mhz spectrum for mobile services.
The AWS-3 spectrum which will be auctioned beginning March 3, 2015 is expected to enable the delivery of fast, reliable service on the latest smartphones, tablets and mobile devices while encouraging sustained competition as 60 per cent of the spectrum allocation will be set aside to new entrants to the wireless market. The government of Canada will also be seeking public consultation on making a new band of spectrum, 600 MHz available for mobile use which is currently used for over-the-air television service.