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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-332

  Ottawa, 14 August 2003

TELUS Communications Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 90

OCN Digital Network Access


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS), dated 12 March 2003 to modify General Tariff item 520, Optical Carrier-3 Digital Network Access (OC-3 DNA), to change the service name to Optical Carrier Number Digital Network Access (OCN DNA) service. TELUS proposed to tariff all OCN DNA services under item 520. TELUS stated that the application was filed pursuant to the Commission's determination in Regulatory safeguards with respect to incumbent affiliates, bundling by Bell Canada and related matters, Telecom Decision
CRTC 2002-76, 12 December 2002.


TELUS stated that the proposed OCN DNA service provides network access facilities, either linear unprotected or linear protected, for the digital transmission of information (at 155 Mbps for OC-3; 622.08 Mbps for OC-12; and 2,488.32 Mbps for OC-48 SONET or unframed 2.5 Gbps wavelength access) between a Customer's premises and another premises within the Exchange Area or between a Customer's premises and the Rate Centre to connect with other network services.


The Commission received comments from Allstream Corp. (Allstream)
(formerly AT&T Canada Corp.) on 22 April 2003 and 21 May 2003.


Allstream submitted that TELUS should be directed by the Commission to file fully unbundled Competitor tariffs for all the proposed OCN DNA services and to base the rates for these services on the Category I Competitor Services costing methodology established by the Commission in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002.


The Commission notes that effective 1 June 2002 in Interim Competitor Digital Network Access service, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-78, 23 December 2002, the Commission approved, on an interim basis, competitor rates for the access and link components in the proposed incumbent local exchange carriers' OC-3 and OC-12 Competitor Digital Network Access (CDNA) services.


The Commission further notes that in Competitor Digital Network Access service proceeding, Telecom Public Notice 2002-4, 9 August 2002, it is currently examining whether it should establish competitor rates for the remainder of the proposed service components, namely, channelization, intra-exchange and inter-exchange for the digital transmission of information at OC-3 and OC-12 speeds.


The Commission notes that the extent to which competitor rates for access, link, channelization, intra-exchange and inter-exchange service components should apply to wavelength access services and OCN DNA services for speeds greater than OC-12 as well as issues and rates pertaining to the request for linear protected and linear unprotected service will be addressed separately.


Consequently, all of the services under consideration in this tariff application for which Allstream has requested unbundled competitor tariffs have either been approved in previous proceedings or will be addressed in a proceeding currently underway.


In light of the above, the Commission considers it appropriate to approve the retail OCN DNA service at this time in order to allow TELUS to respond to the service requirements of potential customers.


Accordingly, the Commission approves on an interim basis TELUS' OCN DNA service, effective the date of this order.


The Commission directs TELUS to track all new OCN DNA arrangements provisioned for competitors from the date of this order until the Commission issues a final determination in respect of the proposed OCN DNA services associated with TELUS' 12 March 2003 application.
  Secretary General
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