Minister Bains and the ISED Department Consider Harmonizing U.S. Standards for Radio LAN Devices

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Navdeep Bains, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, is responsible for developing goals and National Policies for Spectrum resource use, and for ensuring effective management of the Radio Frequency Spectrum resource.


The ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development) Department has published the SMSE-002-17 this month in response to Canadian stakeholders and others, who would like a consideration of Harmonizing with the U.S. Radio LAN Standards, operating in the 5150-5250 MHz bands.

“The explosion of Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as smartphones, portable computers, tablets, game consoles and smart TVs, is putting pressure on the current capacity of RLAN bands…The proliferation of these devices and the need to off-load broadband traffic are expected to continue in the coming years,” states the released SMSE-002-17 of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In the next 4-5 years the number of public and personal WiFi hotspots is expected to grow ten-fold.

On March 31, 2014 the U.S. broke away from the international framework for RLAN devices as Part 15 of the FCC Rules was amended. The indoor-only restriction was lifted, an increase was to the permitted power of RLAN devices to a maximum e.i.r.p. of 4W, emissions were limited to protect satellite operations, and mandatory reports for deployments of 1000 or more, so the Agency is prepared to take corrective actions against harmful interference.


Article: “Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / HCT America”
Editor: “Amy Jones”
Image: “Asian Journal | Macleans”