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Telecom Order CRTC 2005-43

  Ottawa, 3 February 2005

Amtelecom Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notices 50 and 50A

Trunk-side interconnection with common channel signalling


The Commission received an application by Amtelecom Inc. (Amtelecom), dated 16 February 2004 and amended on 16 November 2004, proposing revisions to Section 900 of its General Tariff in order to introduce item 11, Trunk-side Interconnection and item 12, CCS7 Transiting Services for wireless carriers in the exchanges in which the company operates.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In Regulatory framework for the small incumbent telephone companies, Decision CRTC 2001-756, 14 December 2001 (Decision 2001-756), the Commission established the form of regulation that would apply to the small incumbent telephone companies, effective 1 January 2002.


In Decision 2001-756, the Commission determined that the fourth basket of capped services would comprise all other services offered by the small incumbent local exchange carriers, such as optional services, multi-element service categories, special facilities tariffs and competitor access tariffs. It also determined that rates for these services would generally be permitted to increase up to any already approved rate for the same service. It stated that tariff applications could be submitted at any time and that they should reference when and where the Commission approved the proposed rates.


1. The Commission further notes that all proposed terms and conditions for the provision of Trunk-side Interconnection trunks and CCS7 Transiting services were approved in Trunk-side interconnection with common channel signalling approved for wireless service providers, Order CRTC 2000-738, 4 August 2000 (Order 2000-738).


2. The Commission notes, however, that Amtelecom's proposed rates for Common Channel Signalling 7 (CCS7) transiting services are 15% higher than the rates for the same services approved for Bell Canada. In the Commission's view, proposed rates for services in the fourth basket that go beyond already approved rates should be accompanied by an economic study or some other form of cost justification. The Commission finds that Amtelecom's economic study showed that the company was proposing to use Bell Canada's rates plus a 15% mark-up, but without providing any supporting cost justification. Accordingly, the Commission considers that Amtelecom's rates for CCS7 transiting services should be set at the same level as Bell Canada's rates for these services.


In light of the above, the Commission approves Amtelecom's application with the exception of the following:

(i) set the monthly rates for Basic CCS7 Transit Service at $420.90, for Enhanced CCS7 transit Service at $516.66, and for Competitive LNP-SCP at $698.28;


(ii) set the Initial Service Charge - per order at $2,732.40 and the Subsequent Service Charge - per order at $1,792.16,


(iii) replace the text in Note 2 with the following: "A competitive LNP SCP service provider must subscribe once for each of its customers using the CCS7 Transit."; and


(iv) amend Notes 3 and 4 to reflect the rates set out in part (ii) above.


The revisions take effect as of the date of this Order.


Amtelecom is to issue revised tariff pages forthwith to reflect these changes.
  Secretary General
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