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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-265

  Ottawa, 5 August 2004

 

O.N.Telcom

  Reference: 8340-O4-200406779
 

Toll host remote transition agreement

1.

The Commission received an application, pursuant to section 29 of the Telecommunications Act, by O.N.Telcom, dated 9 June 2004, for approval of the Toll Host Remote Transition Agreement (the agreement) between O.N.Telcom, NorthernTel Limited Partnership (NorthernTel) and Bell Canada (the parties).

2.

In O.N.Telcom - Implementation of toll competition and related matters, Decision CRTC 2001-583, 13 September 2001, the Commission established a two-year transition period. Host remote links would continue to be provided by O.N.Telcom in its operating territory on a monopoly basis during the transition period. Effective 1 January 2004, host remote links were to be provided on a competitive basis.

3.

O.N.Telcom submitted that the parties could not meet that deadline because of the technical obstacles associated with multiple carriers in host remote segment of the network. After prolonged negotiations, the parties agreed that O.N.Telcom would withdraw from this network segment and the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) would assume full responsibility for host remote facilities. Hence, the requirement for a distinct host remote link charge would be eliminated as elsewhere in Canada costs for both local and interexchange host remote links are recovered through direct connection rates.

4.

O.N.Telcom submitted that because the ILECs required time to fully augment their networks, a transition period would be necessary. The agreement contains the terms and conditions to facilitate the transition to a new interconnection arrangement that is identical to interconnection arrangements in place in the rest of Canada.

5.

O.N.Telcom proposed that during the two-year transition period commencing 1 January 2004 and ending 31 December 2005, the company would continue to provide host remote links within its operating territory except for originating traffic carried by NorthernTel where the customers have chosen NorthernTel as their primary interexchange carrier.

6.

The agreement contemplated that at the end of the two-year transition period, the host remote link charge would be eliminated and the applicable tariffs withdrawn.

7.

The Commission notes that proposed tariff amendments that reflect the obligations outlined in the agreement were filed by O.N.Telcom and NorthernTel in Tariff Notices 108 and 208, respectively.

8.

The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.

9.

The Commission approves O.N.Telcom's application.
  Secretary General
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Date Modified: 2004-08-05