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Ottawa, 14 November 2005

File No. : 8622-A4-200304957                                    


Brian Armstrong
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Saskatchewan Telecommunications
2121 Saskatchewan Drive , 12 th Floor
Regina , SK
S4P 3Y2

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

Re: Competitor Ethernet Services

In Ethernet Services, Telecom Decision CRTC 2004-5, dated 27 January 2004,

(Decision 2004-5), the Commission directed all incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to file competitor Ethernet tariffs and directed Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) to indicate, within 10 days from the date of the decision, whether it would adopt the interim rates approved in Decision 2004-5 for Bell Canada's Ethernet access service, Ethernet Central Office (CO) connecting link service and Ethernet interface service (Ethernet services) or, in the alternative, file proposed rates and supporting cost studies for Ethernet services.

In response, SaskTel filed Tariff Notice 69 (TN 69), dated 15 July 2004 , which proposed three new tariff items: Ethernet Access Service, Ethernet CO Connecting Link and Ethernet Interface Service.

By contrast, Bell Canada and TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) noted certain implementation issues and provisioning concerns and proposed, along with MTS Allstream, a competitor Ethernet Transport Service [1] as an alternative to the Ethernet Interface Service. The Commission gave approval on an interim basis for Ethernet Transport Service for Bell Canada in Ethernet Transport service, Telecom Order CRTC 2004-180 , 2 June 2004 , for MTS Allstream in Introduction of Ethernet Access Service and Ethernet Transport Service, Telecom Order CRTC 2004-274, 13 August 2004 , and for TELUS in Ethernet Transport Service, Telecom Order CRTC 2004-278, 18 August 2004.

On 2 March 2005 , Commission staff sent an email to all ILECs that identified a request by Call-Net Enterprises Inc. for all ILECs to develop a competitor Ethernet tariff, similar to that proposed and approved on an interim basis for Bell Canada , TELUS and MTS Allstream.

In light of the competitor request noted above, Commission staff requests that SaskTel provide within 15 days its views on the feasibility of introducing an Ethernet Transport Service in its territory, similar to that provided by Bell Canada , TELUS, and MTS Allstream.

Yours sincerely,

" Original signed by Scott Hutton "


Scott Hutton
Director General, Competition, Costing and Tariffs

c.c.:  K. Wardle - CRTC (819) 997-4945

[1] Ethernet Transport Service provides transport for Ethernet traffic from a company wire centre in which an Ethernet access terminates to a carrier-to-carrier interface where a competitor can interconnect to its own network.

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