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    CRTC 2018-99: Wholesale wireless roaming - Final rates

    Telecom Order CRTC 2018-99
    Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final rates

    March 22 2018

    The Commission approves, with changes, on a final basis rates for the wholesale mobile wireless roaming services provided by Bell Mobility, RCCI, and TCI.

    Background

    1. Before 2015, the provision of Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)-based wholesale mobile wireless roaming services (wholesale roaming) was exempt from the Commission requirement for the service provider to file a tariff, and these services were made available pursuant to negotiated agreements. However, holders of spectrum licences were required to abide by the conditions of licence for mandatory roaming imposed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
    2. In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-177, the Commission determined that wholesale roaming was not subject to a level of competition sufficient to protect the interests of users. The Commission therefore determined that it was necessary to (i) mandate the provision of wholesale roaming by Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell Mobility), Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (RCCI), and TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) [collectively, the national wireless carriers], to other Canadian wireless carriers, and (ii) regulate the rates, terms, and conditions for such services in accordance with the interim rates, terms, and conditions established in that decision. Consequently, the Commission directed the national wireless carriers to file proposed tariffs, for its approval, with a view to determining final rates, terms, and conditions. The Commission also determined that the rates for wholesale roaming provided by the national wireless carriers were to be based on the Phase II costing methodology.
    3. In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-177, the Commission established, on an interim basis, maximum rates that the national wireless carriers could charge, and in Telecom Order 2015-537, the Commission approved, on an interim basis, the national wireless carriers’ proposed tariffs and rates. In Telecom Order 2017-433, the Commission approved, on a final basis, the terms and conditions for the wholesale roaming offered by the national wireless carriers.
    4. On 23 November 2015, the national wireless carriers filed tariff applications with supporting cost studies in which they proposed cost-based rates for voice, Short Message Service (SMS), and data wholesale roaming. The proposed cost-based rates included a markup of 40%. [as do the final tariffs -pjw]
    5. In response to a Commission staff request for information, the national wireless carriers filed revised cost studies, in which the companies made modifications and updates to their initial cost studies.

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    National wholesale roaming tariffs - final approved rates
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    TNC 2013-685 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming in Canada – Unjust discrimination/undue preference
    TNC 2014-76 Review of wholesale mobile wireless services
    TNC 2014-76 - Submission by the Commissioner of Competition
    CRTC moving towards regulated national roaming rates - HowardForums thread
    CRTC 2014-76: Review of wholesale mobile wireless services - HowardForums thread
    TRP 2015-177 Regulatory framework for wholesale mobile wireless services
    TO 2015-537 Interim approval of tariff applications
    TD 2017-56 & TO 2017-433 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final terms and conditions
    PC 2017-0557 Order in Council directing CRTC to reconsider 2017-56 [WiFi as 'home network']
    TD 2018-97 Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 [WiFi-first MVNOs] [HoFo thread]
    TNC 2018-98 Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services [a Telecom Consultation for tablet plans]
    TO 2018-99 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final rates
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    Last edited by pjw918; 03-25-2018 at 03:20 PM. Reason: 2015-537 Interim tariffs; 2018-97 WiFi-first MVNOs; Ian's TNC

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    RBT wholesale domestic roaming rates
    - charged to non-RBT Canadian carriers
    - include 40% markup over 'costs'

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    Voice /min SMS /msg Data /MB
    Bell 1.37 0.06 1.33
    Rogers 0.71 0.001 1.40
    Telus 1.57 0.18 1.41

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    Last edited by pjw918; 03-24-2018 at 10:16 PM.

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    Why is Rogers roaming a lot cheaper (except for data) than Bell and especially Telus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazy View Post
    Why is Rogers roaming a lot cheaper (except for data) than Bell and especially Telus?
    Arbitrary costing (within CRTC parameters).

    Why are the data rates remarkably similar?

    'Pricing discipline', where it counts.

    IMO

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    Telus was particularly creative in their costing, as documented in the Order.
    How much should a gigabyte of mobile data really cost? [2016]
    SMS protocol was developed to be extremely low cost.
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    'Pricing discipline', where it counts.
    Data is where the money is.

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    TNC 2013-685 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming in Canada – Unjust discrimination/undue preference
    TNC 2014-76 Review of wholesale mobile wireless services
    TNC 2014-76 - Submission by the Commissioner of Competition
    CRTC moving towards regulated national roaming rates - HowardForums thread
    CRTC 2014-76: Review of wholesale mobile wireless services - HowardForums thread
    TRP 2015-177 Regulatory framework for wholesale mobile wireless services
    TO 2015-537 Interim approval of tariff applications
    TD 2017-56 & TO 2017-433 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final terms and conditions
    PC 2017-0557 Order in Council directing CRTC to reconsider 2017-56 [WiFi as 'home network']
    TD 2018-97 Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 [WiFi-first MVNOs] [HoFo thread]
    TNC 2018-98 Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services [a Telecom Consultation for tablet plans]
    TO 2018-99 Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final rates
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    A key proceeding missing from that timeline, in response to the Order in Council. The Decision is there, but not the TNC.

    TNC 2017-259 Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56
    The Call for Comments on whether the definition of 'home network' should be expanded to include WiFi.

    Strong interventions supported 'Yes'. Including from the CEO of Tucows and operator of Ting, a successful MVNO in the US, headquartered in Toronto, blocked from operating in Canada by incumbent... cohesiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjw918 View Post
    Arbitrary costing (within CRTC parameters).

    Why are the data rates remarkably similar?

    'Pricing discipline', where it counts.

    IMO

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    Telus was particularly creative in their costing, as documented in the Order.
    How much should a gigabyte of mobile data really cost? [2016]
    SMS protocol was developed to be extremely low cost.
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    Does Freedom/Shaw (and other regional carriers) currently allow roaming on BellUS where there is Rogers coverage (but of course no native coverage)? With the voice and SMS price difference I would imagine the regionals would want to limit away roaming to Rogers whenever possible either through a preferred roaming setting on SIM cards or disabling BellUS roaming altogether in areas with Rogers coverage.

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    And to think, these are wholesale costs, not actual costs. A$$holes.
    Un-Rogered, and getting better 'value'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazy View Post
    Why is Rogers roaming a lot cheaper (except for data) than Bell and especially Telus?
    GSM vs LTE roaming rates?
    Koodo $40 Canada Wide + 8GB + 1000 Intl LD
    Public $120 Province Wide + 12GB - $6 Autopay - $12 Loyalty - $45 Refer = $19 per Month
    Freedom $35 ($37-BTS) North America Wide + 8GB + 1GB Roaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazy View Post
    Does Freedom/Shaw (and other regional carriers) currently allow roaming on BellUS where there is Rogers coverage (but of course no native coverage)?.
    In Freedom forums there are those who say yes, but I have never seen it in real life

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