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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-277

  Ottawa, 18 August 2004

TELUS Communications Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 91

ATM network-to-network interface


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI), dated 12 March 2003, to introduce item 217, ATM Network to Network Interface Service, to its Carrier Access Tariff, pursuant to Regulatory safeguards with respect to incumbent affiliates, bundling by Bell Canada and related matters, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-76, 12 December 2002.


TCI's proposed carrier asynchronous transfer mode network-to-network interface (ATM NNI) service provides an interconnection between TCI's ATM network and a service provider's ATM network via an ATM OC-3 port.


TCI indicated that the ATM NNI service would enable competitors to offer Ethernet services to end-users in TCI's territory and proposed that the service be classified as a Category II Competitor service.


The Commission received comments from Allstream Corp. (Allstream) (formerly AT&T Canada Corp.) on 22 April and 21 May 2003. Reply comments were also received from TCI on 9 May and 4 June 2003.


Allstream noted that TCI's proposed carrier ATM NNI service was not complete. Allstream submitted that it could not use the service as filed in the tariff because the ATM NNI required additional service components. Allstream also submitted that there was insufficient detail in the tariff pages so that it was unclear as to how the service worked; the rates for ATM NNI service should be based on the costing methodology established by the Commission for Category I Competitor services in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002; and a general tariff should be filed for wholesale permanent virtual circuits (PVC) facilities.


In a related matter, the Commission received an application by TCI, dated 15 July 2004, under Tariff Notice 146 (TN 146), to introduce item 223, Ethernet Transport Service, to its Carrier Access Tariff. The Commission considers that this application addresses Allstream's concerns with respect to the requirement for wholesale tariffs for PVCs.


The Commission also notes that comments were filed by Call-Net Enterprises Inc. (Call-Net) dated 28 July 2004 regarding TCI's TN 146. The Commission further notes that in these comments, Call-Net requested that the Commission approve TN 146, and companion application Tariff Notice 91, subject to a rate modification for the Ethernet 100 Mbps port charge identified in TN 146.


The Commission notes that the service meets the imputation test.


The Commission will consider all comments received when making its final determination on the application.


The Commission further considers that it would be premature to consider the issue of whether the ATM NNI should be classified as a Category I Competitor service before the Commission renders its decision in the Competitor Digital Network Access proceeding which will establish the rationale for the classification of similar Competitor services.


Accordingly, the Commission approves on an interim basis TCI's application, effective the date of this order.
  Secretary General
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