Telecom Decision CRTC 2020-65
Ottawa, 19 February 2020
Revocation of basic international telecommunications services licences
The Commission revokes the basic international telecommunications services licences of 28 companies that have failed to comply with the conditions of licence. The Appendix identifies the companies that have had their licences revoked.
- All entities that provide basic international telecommunications services (BITS) to Canadians are required, pursuant to subsection 16.1(1) of the Telecommunications Act (the Act) and Telecom Decision 2008-70, to be licensed by the Commission.
- Licensees are subject to annual reporting requirements pursuant to the following condition of licence:
The licensee shall file with the Commission any information required to be filed, in such form as may be prescribed by the Commission. For example, the licensee shall comply with the telecommunications industry data collection process requirements set out in Telecom Circular 2003-1 and Telecom Circular 2005-4, as amended from time to time by the Commission.
- Despite Commission requests that licensees comply with these filing requirements, a number of licensees failed to comply. Consequently, on 28 November 2019, the Commission, in accordance with subsection 16.4(1) of the Act, sent by registered mail to the contact addresses kept on file with the Commission a notice of intent to revoke the BITS licences of those licensees that had failed to comply with their conditions of licence. The licensees were given until 12 December 2019 to file the required information with the Commission or make representations by the same date as to why they should not be required to comply with the conditions of licence.
- Twenty-eight companies have failed to file the required information or make representations. The Commission, pursuant to subsection 16.4(1) of the Act, therefore revokes the licences of the companies listed in the Appendix.
- The Commission notes that any person providing BITS in Canada without a licence from the Commission may be found guilty of an offence punishable on a summary conviction under subsection 73(1) of the Act, which states the following:
73(1) Every person who contravenes subsection 16(4) or 16.1(1) or (2) or section 17 is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable
- in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars for a first offence, or one hundred thousand dollars for a subsequent offence; or
- in the case of a corporation, to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars for a first offence, or one million dollars for a subsequent offence.
The Commission also notes that any person providing BITS in Canada without a licence may have an administrative monetary penalty imposed on them pursuant to section 72.001 of the Act.
- Review of the basic international telecommunications services licensing regime,
Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-70, 11 August 2008
- Telecommunications industry data collection: updating of CRTC registration lists, telecommunications fees, Canadian revenue-based contribution regime, international licences and monitoring of the Canadian telecommunications industry, Telecom Circular CRTC 2005-4, 9 February 2005
- Telecommunications industry data collection: updating of CRTC registration lists, telecommunications fees, Canadian contribution mechanism fund administration, international licences and monitoring of the Canadian telecommunications industry, Telecom Circular CRTC 2003-1, 11 December 2003
Appendix to Telecom Decision CRTC 2020-65
List of companies that have failed to comply with the conditions of the BITS licence
10777889 Canada Inc.
7232209 Canada Limited
9153-1376 Quebec Inc.
9364-7915 Québec Inc. dba /GestNov
APTX COMMUNICATIONS Inc.
Axiom Technologies, LLC
Canon Communications Corp.
Change Broadband Ltd.
DataCloud Technologies, Ltd.
Fibrair Télécommunications Inc.
Hibernia Atlantic Communications (Canada) Company
INET Communications, LLC
IPvision Canada Inc.
Lynden Anthony Jonski (Indiginet Wireless)
Netwolves Network Services, LLC
NVG Communication Inc.
Options Communications Corp.
S.M.S. Vox Inc.
VoIPmyCall Telecom Inc.
XChange Voice Inc.
Xelerate IT Consulting Inc.
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