The author just submitted a letter of intent to CAMTECO (Camiguin Telephone Cooperative) to jointly develop, setup, operate and maintain a local mobile network. This is a mobile service using any cellphone (from first generation Nokia 5110 to the latest Android/iPhone) within the franchise area of CAMTECO (Camiguin province and eastern part of Misamis Oriental from Balingasag).
Unlike the mobile service provided by the big players, the coverage is local. The cellphone number is local, too. It’s a local call between CAMTECO landline to CAMTECO cellphone. (Re local metering rate. The author will recommend marketing strategies to attract subscribers. This include rate reduction, limited-time free trial, unlimited promos and so on.) The CAMTECO cellphone should work anywhere within the franchise area (even in Itum).
Aside from voice, the following services are available – text messaging (SMS) and GPRS (wireless Internet). Higher speed wireless Internet technologies 3G and LTE will be available in the near future.
Why? CAMTECO revenue was greatly affected by the entrance of cellphones because they are are portable, there’s text messaging and very cheap – anyone can sport it (e.g. habal-habal drivers). By employing mobile technology, voice, texting and Internet services, CAMTECO can regain part of the lost revenue stream. With competitive promos to be offered like pre-paid services, CAMTECO’s subscriber base will just grow dramatically! And, of course, the monthly revenue. With local metering, more subscribers means more calls and more calls means more revenue.
Finally, add VoIP – combining Internet telephony and regular phones. If you’re a Camiguingnon living abroad and you want to call home (to CAMTECO landline or cellphone) without paying per-minute charge? Yes, it’s ready. How it works? If you’re living in London (or wherever) – just dial a local phone number in London (or in your city) and the preset CAMTECO landline or cellphone rings!
With these future services and technologies in place, CAMTECO will regain back portion of the lost revenue stream to cellphones and dramatically increase revenue by multiplying subscriber base (quick and cheap) with more services.
Since this is a joint project, no need for CAMTECO to look for suppliers costing millions. The author is proposing a very low-cost system using the latest technologies.
All the revenues mentioned above, it’s the general membership that will be benefited. Just by looking at the technology trend of giant telcos. PLDT, for example, is using this technology in their Landline Plus (wireless landline). This system has a very high commercial value. I’m sure other small telephone operators would scramble to get this low-cost system into their network. And … CAMTECO can market this system to other telcos and gets a reasonable share.
If you support this proposal, kindly share and explain this to all CAMTECO members. To request a copy of the formal proposal (or letter of intent) submitted by the author to CAMTECO, contact the author by posting your comment here.