Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Samer Bishay (Iristel Inc.) and Ed Antecol (Freedom Mobile Inc.)

Ottawa, 20 December 2017

Our reference: 8622-J64-201705501

BY EMAIL

Samer Bishay
President & CEO Iristel Inc.
675 Cochrane Drive, 6th Floor, East Tower
Markham, Ontario   L3R 0B8
regulatory@iristel.com

Ed Antecol
VP, Regulatory and Carrier Relations, Freedom Mobile Inc.
207 Queen's Quay West, Suite 710
Toronto Ontario M5J 1A7
Regulatory@sjrb.ca

Re:  Iristel Application for Relief Regarding the Master Agreement for Interconnection between Iristel Inc. and Freedom Mobile Inc. - Procedural Letter

Dear Sirs:

On 28 June 2017, the Commission received the above-referenced Part 1 application from Iristel Inc. (Iristel). 

In its response dated 31 July 2017, Freedom Mobile Inc. (Freedom Mobile) indicated that the parties were not in a position to resolve the disputed charges at the heart of the Part 1 application until such time as final decisions were rendered in two other applications.  The first was an application filed by Rogers Communications Canada Inc. on 16 November 2016 alleging that Iris Technologies Inc. and Iristel were engaging in traffic stimulation.  The second was an application filed by Bell Canada and Northwestel Inc. on 31 January 2017 proposing that the Commission implement a traffic stimulation regulatory framework for local network interconnection. 

Freedom Mobile further submitted that it would abide by any final Commission determinations in those decisions, and would, as appropriate, resolve its dispute with Iristel in light of such determinations.

Today, the Commission issued its final decision with respect to the above-mentioned 16 November 2016 application (can be found here) and 31 January 2017 application (can be found here).

In light of these two decisions, Iristel and Freedom Mobile are to negotiate a resolution to their dispute and advise the Commission, by letter, of the results of these negotiations by 31 January 2018

If parties are unable to come to an agreement by that date, Iristel will have until 7 February 2018 to supplement, in light of the decisions issued today by the Commission, its 28 June 2017 application. Freedom Mobile, as well as any interveners in the 28 June 2017 application, will have until 14 February 2018 to supplement, in light of the decisions issued today by the Commission, their original submissions.

Iristel will then have until 20 February 2018 to file, in light of the decisions issued today by the Commission, a final reply.  

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector
c.c.:   Danny Moreau, CRTC, danny.moreau@crtc.gc.ca
Chris Copeland, regulatory@tacitlaw.com
Rogers Communications Canada Inc., rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com
TELUS Communications Company, regulatory.affairs@telus.com

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