Small telephone operators except CAMTECO (Camiguin Telephone Cooperative) are affected by cellphone and Internet. But CAMTECO is in a better revenue position because of the local metering. CAMTECO has a better chance of survival.
Now comes the Internet – this time it’s the overseas calls. Another blow due to email, voice/video chat and VoIP (simply means Internet telephony like Skype, Viber, etc.). Will jumping to VoIP beneficial to the small operators?
Without going into detailed research like world market demands, market share, etc. – just follow what big Philippine telcos are doing:
- convergence of technologies: voice and data
- inter-connection via VoIP
By merging phone calls and Internet into one infra-structure:
- one cable - from CAMTECO to subscribers
- one radio/fiber-optic - among all stations around the island
- equipment that carry both information in all stations
huge savings is possible. If PLDT is migrating to VoIP, it should be the way to go.
Another major advantage of upgrading to VoIP – virtually unlimited capacity of the system to add subscribers. In contrast to the current system, to expand the system it must be by blocks of thousand lines. The initial investment is huge.
With VoIP, CAMTECO can expand in very small increments – as few as 24 lines! With virtually unlimited capacity plus hundreds of calls in one time (One system is limited only to 24 connections), CAMTECO can restructure the local metering rate to encourage more calls to hundreds. More calls means higher revenue.
Another problem, how to regain lost revenue from overseas calls. Only one solution – focus on Internet connection. With higher monthly fee, CAMTECO prefer Internet subscription although it means losing the revenue share from incoming overseas calls (which is small anyway – the big chunk goes to PLDT). But Internet will only appeal to the young generation not to the parents. The popular concept of Internet means – PC/laptop is required. This is wrong! An Internet connection can carry any information - text, photos, audio and many more.
If audio or voice is the only interest, no PC/laptop is needed. Just plug any of these to the modem:
The old folks in Camiguin would be glad to talk much longer knowing that it’s an unlimited-free call. Our loving folks are concerned of the cost, right?
For CAMTECO to tap this market, they must provide this class of Internet connection for voice-only:
- moderate speed – 256kbps download/download
- low-latency – less than 120ms
Is VoIP good for CAMTECO? In my opinion, yes, but CAMTECO has to deliver the goods and YOU must voice out, too. Feel free to comment. CAMTECO is reading this blog.
Have a good day!