Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Samer Bishay (Iristel Inc.) and Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 8 February 2019

Our reference: 8661-J64-201811159

BY EMAIL

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

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
Bell Canada
19th Floor 8, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4
bell.regulatory@bell.ca

Re:   Iristel Inc. – Application regarding Bell Canada’s rate increases for certain circuits – Procedure respecting request for final relief

Dear Sirs,

Iristel Inc. (Iristel) filed a Part 1 application, dated 19 December 2018, in which the company requested both interim relief, on an expedited basis, and final relief regarding alleged anti-competitive conduct by Bell Canada in relation to the rates that Bell Canada charges to Iristel for circuits associated with certain transport services.

By letter dated 21 December 2018, Commission staff set out an expedited process for the review of the interim request made by Iristel. The 21 December 2018 letter stated that procedural instructions concerning Iristel’s request for final relief would be provided at a later date.

The record with respect to the interim relief closed on 14 January 2019 and a decision on that matter will be issued in due course.
This letter sets out a process for the review of Iristel’s request for final relief:

  1. Bell Canada is to file a response to the requests for information set out in the Attachment to this letter, by 11 March 2019;
  2. Bell Canada, and any other interested person, may respond to Iristel’s request for final relief by 11 March 2019;
  3. Iristel may file a reply to Bell Canada’s response and to any other interventions received, no later than 21 March 2019.

Any document filed with the Commission must be served on other parties. Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c: Jesslyn Mullaney, CRTC, jesslyn.mullaney@crtc.gc.ca

Attach. (1)


Request for Information – Questions to Bell Canada:

  1. Confirm whether Bell Canada limits each CLEC interconnected to the Bell Canada network to the number of projects per Local Interconnection Region per month indicated by the applicant at paragraph 40 of its application.

    If so, explain the justification for this limit in detail. If not, but some other limit or limits apply to each interconnected CLEC or to specific interconnected CLECs, explain the nature of and justification for those limits in detail.

  2. With respect to Appendix A and Appendix B of Attachment 1 of the applicant’s application, for the first circuit of each contract listed, provide the range of the rates (i.e., lowest rate and highest rate) that Bell Canada charges to other wholesale customers (excluding Iristel) for transport services of the same type provided to Iristel over these circuits and explain how these rates are determined.
  3. Provide the total number of local interconnection regions (LIRs) in which IP voice network interconnection has been implemented, separately in Ontario and Quebec, and provide a breakdown by year for the years 2012 to and including 2018.
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