Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Distribution List

Ottawa, 9 March 2017

Our reference:  8638-C12-201509663

BY EMAIL

To: Distribution list

RE:  Follow-up process to consider implementation issues of disaggregated wholesale HSA services, including over FTTP access facilities, in other regions

Dear Madams/Sirs:

In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326,Footnote1 the Commission mandated the provision of disaggregated wholesale high-speed access (HSA) services, including over fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) access facilities, for the large incumbent carriers.

As a first phase in the implementation of disaggregated wholesale HSA services across Canada, the Commission directed Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, Cogeco Communications on behalf of Cogeco Connexion Inc. (Cogeco), Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (RCCI), and Québecor Média Inc. on behalf of its subsidiary Videotron (Videotron) to file configurations for their respective disaggregated wholesale HSA services in Ontario and Quebec. The Commission approved the configurations in Telecom Decision 2016-379,Footnote2 and initiated a tariffing process. The affected incumbent carriers have submitted proposed tariffs that are being assessed by the Commission.

The Commission stated in Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 that incumbent carriers operating in other regions will be expected to identify appropriate configurations and implementation plans for their respective disaggregated wholesale HSA services at a later date, depending on demand considerations.

The Commission also stated in its Three Year Plan 2016-2019 that it would initiate processes regarding the configurations for disaggregated wholesale HSA services for incumbent carriers operating in other regions in the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

There are several factors to consider when assessing whether or not to implement disaggregated wholesale HSA services, including competitor demand for wholesale HSA services and the deployment of FTTP access facilities.

As a first step in the 2nd stage of implementing disaggregated wholesale HSA services, the Commission is collecting information relating to these factors. Accordingly, requests for information addressed to Bell Canada, Bragg Communications Incorporated (Eastlink), MTS Inc. (MTS), RCCI, Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel), Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Shaw), and TELUS Communications Company (TCC) are attached. Reponses to these requests for information are to be filed with the Commission by 10 April 2017.

Commission staff note that Bell Canada and RCCI are to provide the requested information, by province, for their serving areas outside of Ontario and Quebec, as these companies have already been required to implement disaggregated wholesale HSA services in these provinces. All other parties listed above are required to provide the requested information for each province, as applicable.

As set out in section 39 of the Telecommunications Act and in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, persons may designate certain information as confidential. A person designating information as confidential must provide a detailed explanation on why the designated information is confidential and why its disclosure would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest in disclosure. Furthermore, a person designating information as confidential must either file an abridged version of the document omitting only the information designated as confidential or provide reasons why an abridged version cannot be filed.

Sincerely,

Original signed by Doug Thurston for

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

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Distribution List


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  1. RFIs to Eastlink, RCCI, and Shaw
  1. For each of the years 2014 to 2016, provide by province:
    1. the total number of retail high-speed Internet service customers served by the company over fixed-wireline networks and the associated revenue;
    2. a breakdown of the retail high-speed Internet service demand over fixed-wireline networks by speed and associated revenue for each year;
    3. the number of premises passed by the company’s technologies for providing HSA services (retail Internet service or wholesale HSA service). Provide the total premises passed and a breakdown by access technology deployed (e.g. premises passed by: hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) facilities, FTTP facilities, and both HFC and FTTP facilities);
    4. the total number of wholesale HSA service end-users served by the company, a breakdown of the end-user wholesale HSA service demand by speed and the associated revenue;
  2. For each of the years 2017 to 2019 provide, by province, a forecast of:
    1. the total number of retail high-speed Internet service customers served by the company over fixed-wireline networks and the associated revenue;
    2. a breakdown of the retail high-speed Internet service demand over fixed-wireline networks by speed and associated revenue for each year;
    3. the number of premises passed by the company’s technologies for providing high-speed access services (retail Internet service or wholesale HSA service). Provide the total premises passed and a breakdown by access technology deployed (e.g. premises passed by: HFC facilities, FTTP facilities, and both HFC and FTTP facilities);
    4. the total number of wholesale HSA service end-users served by the company, a breakdown of the end-user wholesale HSA service demand by speed and the associated revenue;
  1. RFI to Bell Canada, MTS, SaskTel, and TCC
  1. For each of the years 2014 to 2016, provide by province:
    1. the total number of retail high-speed Internet service customers served by the company over fixed-wireline networks and the associated revenue;
    2. a breakdown of the retail high-speed Internet service demand over fixed-wireline networks by speed and associated revenue for each year;
    3. the number of premises passed by the company’s technologies for providing HSA services (retail Internet service or wholesale HSA service). Provide the total premises passed and a breakdown by access technology deployed (e.g. for copper-based HSA access facilities, provide total premises passed by fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) facilities, legacy digital subscriber line (DSL) facilities, and by both FTTN and legacy DSL facilities; for FTTP facilities provide total premises passed and premises passed by FTTP facilities only; and
    4. the total number of wholesale HSA service end-users served by the company, a breakdown of the end-user wholesale HSA service demand by speed and the associated revenue;
  2. For each of the years 2017 to 2019 provide, by province, a forecast of:
    1. the total number of retail Internet service customers served by the company and the associated revenue;
    2. a breakdown of the retail Internet service demand by speed and associated revenue for each year;
    3. the number of premises passed by the company’s technologies for providing HSA services (retail Internet service or wholesale HSA service). Provide the total premises passed and a breakdown by access technology deployed (e.g. for copper-based HSA access facilities, provide total premises passed by FTTN facilities, legacy DSL facilities, and by both FTTN and legacy DSL facilities; for FTTP facilities provide total premises passed and premises passed by FTTP facilities only; and
    4. the total number of wholesale HSA service end-users served by the company, a breakdown of the end-user wholesale service demand by speed and the associated revenue.
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