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Ottawa, 19 June 2012

File No.: 8640-T66-201203092


Don Cavanagh
Distributel Communications Limited
300 - 177 Nepean Street
Ottawa ON  K2P 0B4

Andreea Badea
Regulatory Affairs
675 Cochrane Drive, East Tower, 6th floor
Markham, ON  L3R 0B8

Sylvain Gélinas          
Director of technology
Télécommunications Xittel Inc.
1350 rue Royale, Bureau 800
Trois-Rivières, QC  G9A 4J4

Dear Sirs and Madam:

Re: Application for forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec

On 30 March 2012, the Commission received the above-mentioned Part I application by TELUS Communication Company (TCC) pursuant to Telecom Decision 2006-15 as amended by the Governor in Council's Order Varying Telecom Decision CRTC 2006‑15, P.C. 2007‑532, 4 April 2007 (Telecom Decision 2006-15).

In its application, TCC identified, among other companies, Distributel Communications Limited (Distributel), IRISTEL Inc. (IRISTEL) and Télécommunications Xittel Inc. (Xittel) as the facilities-based fixed-line telecommunications service provider for various exchanges in order to meet the competitor presence test outlined in Telecom Decision 2006-15.

In order to complete the record in the above-mentioned application, Distributel, IRISTEL and Xittel are to respond to the attached interrogatories by 3 July 2012. Parties that wish to designate some or all of their answers as confidential must do so in accordance with the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Mario Bertrand
Director, Competition Implementation and Technology


c.c.:  Ted Woodhead, TCC,
Mirko Bibic, Bell Canada,
William Craig, CityWest,
Michel Messier, Cogéco,
Natasha Wirtanen, Eastlink,
Jean Brazeau, Shaw,
Dennis Béland, Vidéotron,
Pierre Brochu, Xittel;


Interrogatory addressed to Distributel, IRISTEL and Xittel

1.   Indicate, with supporting information, whether your company is providing retail local access-dependent1 or access-independent VoIP services2 in the exchanges in which TCC has identified you as a competitor in its application for forbearance of business local exchange services.

2.  Provide a list of the key telecommunications facilities3 (i.e. switch, router, fiber network, etc.) that your company owns within each exchange where TCC has identified your company as a competitor in its application for forbearance of business local exchange services.

[1] Retail local access-dependent VoIP services are services for which access and service are both provided by the same provider, and can be provided by changing the underlying technology of the local access network from circuit-switched to packet-switched.

[2] Retail local access-independent VoIP services are services in which access and service may be provided by distinct providers - the service provider is not required to provide the underlying network on which the service rides and is not required to obtain the permission of the network provider to offer the service to customers on that network.

[3] A telecommunications facility means any facility, apparatus or other thing that is used or is capable of being used for telecommunications or for any operation directly connected with telecommunications, and includes a transmission facility.

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