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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 9 February 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-122
In its Split Rate Base (SRB) update submission dated 3 October 1997, Bell Canada (Bell) proposed to reassign Centrex consoles and proprietary sets from the Utility to the Competitive segment. In keeping with this proposed reassignment, Bell also filed on 5 November 1997, Tariff Notice 6137 (TN 6137) for approval of tariff revisions to General Tariff Item 675 of its Centrex III Service, reflecting the removal of Centrex telephones and consoles from the Tariff.
File No.: Tariff Notice 6137
1. The Commission notes that in Telecom Order CRTC 97-991, 17 July 1997, it approved a similar application from NewTel Communications Inc. and invited other telephone companies to file for a similar reassignment provided that they could demonstrate that the market for this equipment was competitive in their respective territories.
2. Bell submitted that a competitive market for this equipment has existed within its territory for a significant period of time, that the market has direct competition from other vendors of Centrex consoles and telephones and that fully-featured single line telephones offering essentially the same capabilities are freely available.
3. Bell also pointed out that the market for Centrex consoles is quickly moving away from the current hardware console to a PC-based software solution available from independent manufacturers.
4. The Commission notes that no interested party filed comments to dispute that the Centrex terminal market is competitive in Bell's territory.
5. In light of the foregoing, the Commission approves Bell's proposed reassignment of Centrex consoles and proprietary sets from the Utility to the Competitive SRB segment and the associated TN 6137.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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