Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to the Distribution list
Ottawa, 6 July 2018
Our reference: 8638-C12-201509663
Re: Follow-up process to consider implementation of disaggregated wholesale HSA services, including over FTTP access facilities, in other regions
This letter addresses follow-up process to consider the implementation of disaggregated wholesale high-speed access (HSA) services, including over fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) access facilities, across Canada.
In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 (TRP 2015-326), the Commission mandated the provision of disaggregated wholesale HSA services, including over FTTP access facilities, for the large incumbent local exchange carriers and the large cable companies (collectively, the large incumbent carriers).
As a first phase of service implementation, the Commission directed Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, Cogeco Communications on behalf of Cogeco Connexion Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (RCCI), and Quebecor Media Inc. on behalf of its subsidiary 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, and initiated a tariffing process. The affected large incumbent carriers have submitted proposed tariffs that are currently being assessed by the Commission.
The Commission stated in TRP 2015-326 that large 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.
As the next step in the implementation of disaggregated wholesale HSA services across Canada, the Commission directs Bell MTS, Bragg Communications Incorporated (Eastlink), Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel), Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Shaw), and TELUS Communications Inc.
(TCI) to submit proposed configurations, along with supporting rationale, for their disaggregated wholesale HSA services in their respective incumbent serving areas.
The Commission also directs Bell Canada and RCCI to submit proposed configurations, along with supporting rationale, for their respective incumbent serving areas outside of Ontario and Quebec, as these companies have already been required to implement disaggregated wholesale HSA services in these provinces.
All large incumbent carriers submitting configurations to the Commission will be expected to make proposals regarding any configuration-related implementation issues concurrently with the filing of their proposed configurations for their respective disaggregated HSA services.
The Commission sets out the following process for the filing of proposed configurations:
- Bell Canada, Bell MTS, Eastlink, RCCI, SaskTel, Shaw, and TCI are to file their proposed disaggregated wholesale HSA service configurations with the Commission by 4 September 2018, which will be posted on the Commission’s website as Part 1 applications.
- Any interested person may file an intervention regarding the proposed configurations with the Commission by 4 October 2018.
- Bell Canada, Bell MTS, Eastlink, RCCI, SaskTel, Shaw, and TCI may file reply comments by 18 October 2018.
The Commission will continue to monitor demand conditions, which will be taken into consideration before ultimately deciding to implement the disaggregated wholesale HSA services in any given region.
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