Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Howard Slawner (Rogers Communications Canada Inc.) and Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 17 July 2019

Our reference: 8622-R28-201902940

BY EMAIL

Mr. Howard Slawner
Vice-President – Telecommunications
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
350 Bloor St. East, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario  M4W 0A1
rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com

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

RE:  Rogers Communications Canada Inc. Part 1 Application against Bell Canada concerning the Routing of Rogers-originated Toll Free Traffic destined to Bell’s Toll Free Telephone Numbers

Dear Sirs:

On 29 April 2019, the Commission received an Application from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers), requesting that the Commission grant the following relief:

  1. That the Commission confirm that Rogers is not mandated to route one-way Toll Free (TF) traffic destined to Bell Canada’s TF telephone numbers (TNs) over Rogers’ two-way Bill and Keep (B & K) trunks;
  2. That the Commission confirm that Bell Canada is mandated to deploy Toll trunks to Rogers’ switches in order to receive its TF traffic;
  3. That the Commission confirm that Rogers may invoice Bell Canada for its TF minutes as of 1 April 2019;
  4. That the Commission confirm that Rogers can bill Bell Canada as of 1 April 2019 for all TF-related charges, per Rogers’ competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) access services tariff (AST).

Paragraph 28(1) (a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information or documents where needed.

Rogers and Bell Canada (as indicated) are requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached questions by 29 July 2019.

Sincerely,

Original Signed By

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications sector

c.c:  Rudy Rab, CRTC, rudy.rab@crtc.gc.ca
Jeff Brownlee, Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc., regulatory@cnoc.ca
Christopher Hickey, Distributel Communications Ltd., christopher.hickey@distributel.ca
Jean-François Dumoulin, Iristel Inc., regulatory@iristel.com
Dennis Béland, Québecor Média inc., dennis.beland@quebecor.com
John MacKenzie, TELUS Communications Inc., john.mackenzie@telus.com

Attach. (1)

Request for information

To Rogers:

  1. Confirm the date upon which Rogers commenced querying its own TF TN database to identify and route all Rogers-originating TF traffic.
  2. Estimate the amount of time (expressed in terms of the number of months) that would be required by Bell Canada to construct one-way Toll trunks to Rogers’s switches - throughout Bell Canada’s serving territories where Bell Canada and Rogers interconnect - in order for Bell Canada to receive Rogers-originating TF traffic destined to Bell Canada (as well as traffic destined to other IXCs via Bell Canada’s network).
  3. Provide:
    1. The volume of Rogers-originating TF traffic (expressed in terms of both the total number of calls and the total number of minutes) destined for Bell Canada TF TNs (Scenario #1, in Table 1 of the Application), during April, May, and June 2019, sub-categorized by month.
    2. The volume of Rogers-originating TF traffic (expressed in terms of both the total number of calls and the total number of minutes) destined for other IXCs and routed via Bell Canada’s network (Scenario #2, in Table 1 of the Application), during April, May, and June 2019, sub-categorized by month.
    3. The amount of charges paid (or payable, if invoiced but not yet paid) by Rogers to Bell Canada for routing Rogers-originating TF traffic to Bell Canada (including both traffic terminated by Bell Canada and traffic which transited Bell Canada’s network to a third-party IXC) during April, May and June 2019, utilizing Rogers’ two-way B & K trunks. Categorize these amounts by month, and subcategorize by the types of charges applied by Bell Canada.
    4. The amount that Rogers would have charged Bell Canada, during April, May and June 2019, for routing all Rogers-originating TF TN traffic destined for Bell Canada (Scenario #1), and to other IXCs via Bell Canada’s network, if/when applicable (Scenario #2), as a function of: (i) Rogers querying its own TF TN database to identify and route all of this traffic (instead of Bell Canada performing this function for Rogers); and (ii) Bell Canada deploying its own one-way Toll trunks to receive all of this traffic (in place of Rogers routing this traffic via its own two-way B & K trunks). Categorize the amounts by month, and sub-categorize by the applicable charges (including rates).

To Bell Canada:

  1. Estimate the amount of time (expressed in terms of the number of months) that would be required by Bell Canada to construct one-way Toll trunks to Rogers’s switches, throughout Bell Canada’s serving territories where Bell Canada and Rogers interconnect, in order for Bell Canada to receive Rogers-originating TF traffic destined to Bell Canada (as well as traffic destined to other IXCs via Bell Canada’s network).
  2. Provide:
    1. The volume of Rogers-originating TF traffic (expressed in terms of both the total number of calls and the total number of minutes) destined for Bell Canada TF TNs (Scenario #1 in Rogers’ Application), during April, May, and June 2019, sub-categorized by month.
    2. The volume of Rogers-originating TF traffic (expressed in terms of both the total number of calls and the total number of minutes) destined for other IXCs which was routed over Bell Canada’s network (Scenario #2 in Rogers’ Application), during April, May, and June 2019, sub-categorized by month.
    3. The amount charged to Rogers by Bell Canada during April, May, and June 2019, for routing Rogers-originating TF traffic to Bell Canada over Rogers’ two-way B & K trunks, categorized by the amount payable per month and subcategorized by the types of charges applied to Rogers, referencing the provisions in Bell Canada’s tariff relating to the charges applied.
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