FAQ – Annual Facilities (2XX)

Form 213 – Local and Access NAS and NAS-equivalent by wire centre

Do we only report lines that we own?

No. Report owned, leased and rebilled NAS when completing this form but, make sure not to include unbundled loops or lines for internal use (OTS).

What is the meaning of NAS-equivalent?

The term "NAS-equivalent" was included in the Forbearance decision, Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15, to account for access-independent local VoIP services in sizing the wireline local telephone services market. Each unique primary telephone number of an access-independent local VoIP service is considered equivalent to a regular NAS in determining the total wireline connections within a given market geography. Refer to the Telecommunications Glossary for additional information.

There are columns for NAS and NAS-equivalent. Which do we complete?

Access-dependent services are reported in the NAS column; access-independent services are reported under the NAS-equivalent column.

Form 256 - Geographic residential broadband capability

This seems like a lot of information. What do you need it for?

Our mandate involves reporting on the status of competition in Canadian telecommunications markets, including Internet access, and on the deployment and accessibility of advanced telecommunications infrastructure and services in urban and rural areas in all regions of Canada.

The data collected here help us do both those things. Through detailed geographic information, we will be able to analyse the availability as well as the take-up of high-speed Internet services in Canada. And because this information will be looked at across providers, we will also be able to show where competition has taken hold for high-speed Internet access and where, on the contrary, very little competition exists.

In addition, the Commission has been asked by Industry Canada to assist in determining the availability of broadband services for the purposes of administering the $255 Million dollar broadband stimulus package under the “Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians” initiative.  Accurate information will ensure that funding is efficiently distributed, and that areas with existing services are avoided.

What if I do not have information in map format?

Alternative arrangements are available. It may be possible to combine various pieces of geographic information available to the Commission with your company’s available information to get an approximate map.

How are broadband services defined?

Broadband services include IP based services such as IPTV and broadband Internet access. Bandwidth utilised to provide digital television services over coaxial cable or access-dependant VoIP is not considered broadband for the purposes of this form.

How do I measure highest combined downstream data rate?

Highest combined downstream data rate is the total availability of services to transmit data to an end-user, and includes bandwidth for IPTV, Internet access, and other broadband-based services.

For example, if a DSL system is engineered to provide up 20 Mbps in an area for Internet and IPTV, then the highest combined downstream data rate is 20 Mbps. This holds true even if the IPTV service can use up to 15 Mbps and the Internet can use up to 10 Mbps, but the total system capacity is 20 Mbps.

How are coverage regions defined?

Coverage regions are defined as geographically separate areas, or contiguous areas with different attributes. For example, if a single city is served by two cable head-ends, and one is capable of delivering 20 mbps per user, and one 50 mbps per user, the service areas must be separate regions on the map. Also, if one area is funded by deferral funds and another isn't, they must be separate areas. In addition, different technologies require separate regions.

We are unable to identify broadband coverage by speed because our network utilizes a technology that is distance sensitive (i.e. DSL or fixed wireless).  What can we provide instead?

The broadband coverage can be estimated by making some assumptions based upon type of technology used, and the distance from the transmission equipment. These assumptions must be provided in the comment field of the form. Contact the Prime Analyst for assistance.

What constitutes an area funded by deferral accounts?

Deferral account funding is provided in accordance with CRTC decisions 2007-50-1 and/or 2008-1, including subsequent follow-up decisions.

Form 278 - Mobile & Paging Coverage and MVNOs

We are a facilities-based mobile service provider, are we required to provide coverage information?

Yes. We require this data to compute the availability of mobile services in Canada. The geographic information must be interpretable using the MapInfo format version 6.5 or higher. If you have difficulties supplying this data, please contact us as soon as possible.

We have maps of our analogue and digital mobile coverage. Can we submit those?

Yes. We accept map-based data files that provide geographic information. These maps may be either your total coverage for both analogue or digital or separate maps for analogue and digital. However, maps illustrating your 3G, HSPA+, and LTE coverage should be submitted as separate attachments.

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