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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-495

  Ottawa, 5 December 2003

ExaTEL Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 4

General Tariff - Interconnection rates


The Commission received an application by ExaTEL Inc. (ExaTEL), dated 16 October 2003, proposing revisions to its General Tariff that reflect the Commission's determinations in Rates for co-location floor space, Direct Connection service, Wireless Access Service: Line-side Access services, and Wireless Service Providers Enhanced Provincial 9-1-1 Network Access service, Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-12, 18 March 2003 (Decision 2003-12), as amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-12-1, 19 November 2003, and Rates for Competitor Services, Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-13, 18 March 2003 (Decision 2003-13), as amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-13-1, 23 May 2003 and Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-13-2, 27 June 2003.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In Local Competition, Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8, 1 May 1997 (Decision 97-8), the Commission determined that it was in the public interest to require competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) to provide interconnection to all interexchange service providers and wireless service providers, at terms and conditions that are equivalent to those contained in the incumbent local exchange carriers' (ILECs') tariffs. The Commission required all CLECs to file proposed tariffs for interconnection, justifying any departure from the terms and conditions contained in the ILECs' tariffs.


In Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002 (Decision 2002-34), the Commission determined that all the ILECs' tariff rates would be made interim effective 1 June 2002, and that any rate changes approved by the Commission for an ILEC to meet its 2002 price cap commitment would be effective as of 1 June 2002. The rates approved in Decisions 2003-12 and 2003-13 reflect the ILECs' rates that became effective on 1 June 2002.


The Commission notes that in ExaTEL's proposed tariff revisions, the company has reflected rates for Access Tandem and for Abbreviated Dialling No. 1 that are greater than the rates contained in the ILECs' tariffs. The Commission further notes that ExaTEL has not provided any justification for its departure from the terms and conditions in the ILECs' tariffs.


In light of the above, the Commission approves on an interim basis, ExaTEL's proposed rates, subject to the company incorporating the amendments identified below:
  • in item 302.2, Switching and Aggregation, Access Tandem, replace the per connect minute rate of $0.00470 with $0.00148 and the per conversation minute rate of $0.00510 with $0.00161; and
  • in item 302.5, Carrier Network Profile Change, Abbreviated Dialling No. 1, replace the rate of $205.30 with $205.03.


The proposed rates take effect 1 June 2002. The Commission directs ExaTel to issue forthwith revised tariff pages reflecting the changes specified above.


The Commission notes that in Decision 2002-34, each ILEC was directed to issue tariff pages by 1 June of each year, beginning in 2003, incorporating adjustments to Category I Competitor Service rates to reflect the application of the I-X constraint.


As stated above, in Decision 97-8, the Commission required all CLECs to file proposed tariffs for interconnection, justifying any departure from the terms and conditions contained in the ILECs' tariffs. Accordingly, the Commission directs ExaTEL to:
  • file proposed tariff pages within 30 days of the date of this order reflecting the lower interconnection rates issued by the ILECs pursuant to Decision 2002-34 with an effective date of 1 June 2003, or to provide cost justification for any departure from the ILECs' approved interconnection rates.
  Secretary General
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