Chain letter para sa CAMTECO members

Kuguita, Mambajao, Camiguin
Mayo 19, 2015

Sa akong mga kauban nga miyembro sa CAMTECO,

Maayong adlaw kaninyo. Ako si Nandy Dagondon. Sa mga bag-ong miyembro, kining inyong kauban maoy unang Manager sa CAMTECO gikan sa 1992 (sa nag-operate pa kita ug PCO sa kilid sa daan nga Kapitolyo atbang sa simbahan) hangtod sa Octobre 1998.

Sa akong pag-uli, karon lang bulana, daghan ako’g komentaryo nadunggan sa atong kooperatiba:

  1. Akong paryente nga CPA nag-ingon “bankrupt” na ang CAMTECO basin sa Financial Statement
  2. Akong ig-agaw sa Tupsan nag-reklamo Mayo 5 pa wala na sila’y dialtone (apil pud diay ang Catarman). I-surrender daw nila ilang linya ug bawi-on nila ilang P4,000.
  3. Ako mismo naka-kita sa PLDT installation team atbang sa hospital. Dugang inpormasyon akong nabati – i-network (ang mga computers) sa upat ka LGU offices – Kapitolyo, Munisipyo, CPSC ug Hospital

Dako kaayo ang kita nga mawala sa CAMTECO sa pag-sulod sa PLDT. Ang hospital ra ba, advance kaayo ang ilang telephone system – pwede ma-local extension ang Kapitolyo, Munisipyo ug CPSC. Kaya sa hospital phone system, bisan pa’g 1,000 ka extension phones, kaya. Andam pud ang hospital engkaso mawala ang CAMTECO. Sulayi pag-tawag ninyo kini nga mga numero, di ba pareho ang inyong madunggan: 387-1216, 0949-482-5575 (Smart) o 0906-366-2444 (Globe TM).

Niadtong Octobre 1998, pag-aprobar sa BOD sa akong resignation, si Mr Heinz Pomplun niingon “Watch the downfall of CAMTECO”. Daghan ang nakabati sa iyang guipa-mulong sa RJ Restaurant. Mora’g niabot na ang guipa-nagna ni Mr. Pomplun. Isa-isahon nako pag-tuki ang mga huhungihon nga akong nabati.

Kadtong nag-ingon nga i-surrender nila ilang membership, akong ika-sulti dili kita mag-dali-dali. Nag-ingon si Haring Solomon “ayaw pag-desisyon sa imong kasuko o sa sobrang kalipay ba”. Nia’y dagha’ng inpormasyon akong ihatag kaninyo para atong timbang-timbangon.

Atong unahon kining huhungihong nga “paliton sa PLDT ang CAMTECO”. Naa’y probisyon sa deed of donation tali sa gobyerno sa Germany ngadto sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas nga “dili mabaligya sa CAMTECO ang system o ekipos” – mga ekipos nga nag-hatag ug dialtone.
Kun dili gayod mapugngan nga mag-stop operation ang CAMTECO, ang national government maoy mag-dumala sa ekipos (siguro ubos sa DOTC).

Isa lang ka ahensiya sa gobyerno nga maka-operate sa CAMTECO nga menos gastos – ang provincial government ra. Makapasaka ug resolution ang SP ngadto sa DOTC pag-gamit sa mga ekipos, hayan tugotan kini sa DOTC kay dili na man ma-ibot ang mga tower, mga poste ug mga kable (sa akong bana-bana dili mo-menos 40% sa balor sa network). Kung uli-an kita sa probinsiya sa atong P4,000 o P8,000 nga fixed deposit, ma-dissolve ang CAMTECO – membership ug BOD. Ang mga empleyado mawad-an sad ug trabaho. Ang SP na ang mag-resolusyon pila ang monthly fee, long-distance fee, etc.  mapareho sa MISORTEL.

Kun dili ninyo kini gusto nga mahitabo? Akong ipa-dayon ang uban nga option o solusyon.

#2 mag-LOAN. Pero kun mag-loan lang kita para lang molugway ang operation (ex. dili maputlan sa PLDT), sama lang kini nga gui-dialysis ang CAMTECO. Kadugayan, mamatay lang guihapon.
PERO kun mag-LOAN kita para pag-finance sa mga BAG-O nga serbisyo o teknolohiya sama sa:

  1. Portable (wireless) landline (sama sa PLDT Landline Plus) – pwede nga madala-dala ang telepono (cellphone unit) sa isla. Pwede matawagan ug landline (local call lang), NDD ug IDD. Magamit sad pag-tawag ug landline, NDD ug overseas nag-agad lang sa plan ug sa “remaining balance” kun pre-paid. Pwede mag-text message.
  2. Ang sestima sa wireless landline, magamit sad sa wireless Internet. Pwede nang mahatagan ug koneksyon kadtong naa’s kabukiran (daghan ra bang foreigner)
  3. VoIP – pwede kadtong taga-Camiguin naa’s abroad (UK, USA, NZ, etc) ma-local subscriber sa CAMTECO. LOCAL CALL abroad-to-CAMTECO o CAMTECO-to-abroad. Magbayad pud sila ug monthly sa CAMTECO.

Maka-dugang kini’ng tanan sa income sa CAMTECO bisan pa’g mag-bayad kita ug interes sa loan. Kini, tipik lang unsay mahimo sa bag-ong teknolohiya ug serbisyo para maka-bangon ang CAMTECO. Pero … para sa hapsay nga pag-implementar niini nga mga proyekto, akong i-say-say akong eksperyensa sa Islacom.

Ang akong gui-huptan sa Islacom, OPERATIONS lang, sa entiro Bisayas. Kun naa’y mga bag-o nga service area, towers, relay o teknolohiya nga itukod, naa’y ENGINEERING division. Dawaton lang sa OPERATIONS kun mo-pasar ang guipa-installar sa ENGINEERING. Entonsis, ako’ng ika-rekomendar sa CAMTECO nga naa’y committee para sa “New Products, Services and Marketing” – buwag sa Operations. Ang committee pwede nga maka-hire ug consultant.

Kining Marketing, usa kini sa mga importante nga rekomendasyon sa Workshop niadtong 1995 (man siguro) didto sa Costabella Resort, Lapulapu City. Dili tiaw-tiaw kadto nga Workshop kay naa ang mga eksperto naka-apil – 2 ka PLDT managers, 2 sa DOTC, 2 sa NTC, 2 sa Deutsche Telekom (partner sa Islacom), 2 sa PAPTELCO (Mr Wilson ug James Morrell – tag-iya sa TMSI), GTZ (Mr Marx ug Mr Pomplun) ug CAMTECO Board of Directors. Ang dokumento sa Workshop naa ra siguro sa files sa CAMTECO.
Isa lang ka-ehemplo unsa ka importante ang Marketing. Pag-instalar sa fiber-optic cable sa entiro isla, maka-offer unta ang CAMTECO pag-network sa tanan LGU apil mga munisipyo sa Catarman, Sagay, Mahinog ug Guinsiliban niadto pa. Dili unta maka-sulod ang PLDT.

Ika-duha, naa na’y Internet ang CAMTECO office niadtong pang 1995! Ang unang serbisyo nga ma-offer unta nato – Email. Napulo pa ka-tuig ayha pa ni-abot ang broadband Internet. Ang Marketing unta ang namagligya sa mga subscribers (kasagaran ngadto sa mga foreigners).

Importante sad sa Marketing – unsaon pag-kabig ang mga customers sa Globe, Smart ug Sun. Mga ehemplo lang:

  1. Unli-text P5-10 kada semana!
  2. Unli-call guikan sa 12 midnight to 6 a.m.
  3. Pre-paid CAMTECO SIM – para maabot bisan sa mga habal-habal drivers
  4. Unsaon ma-reduce ang local calls guikan sa P1.00/min ngadto sa P0.10/min nga dili ma-apektahan ang kalidad sa serbisyo
  5. Ang local pulses mo-sugod ug patak human sa 3 minutos
  6. Bisan unsa pa nga mga promos

Himoon tanan sa bag-ong committee unsaon pag-kabig sa mga cellphone users ngadto sa CAMTECO portable phone/Internet services.

Kun dili mo ani, niay pay Option #3 – pa-abangan (LEASE) ang network (kay dili man ma-baligya). Ang mga towers, mga poste ug mga kable, na-plastar na. Sayon na kayo sa mo-abang pag-operate. Ang annual rental pwede maoy bahinon sa mga miyembro as “dividends”. Ang BOD naa guihapo’y gamay’ng honorarium kay dili na man sila mag-meeting pirme.

Pero ato sa’ng bantayan nga dili mabarato ang “rental”! Dili lang I-base sa “depreciation”. Kinahanglan naa’y mga financial experts sa telecom para ma-assess ang “working assets” sa CAMTECO. Basin unya’g mag-katawa lang ang mo-abang sa kabarato!
Mao kini nga rason nga kadtong nag-huna-huna pag-kuha si ilang P4,000 o P8,000 nga dili mag-dali-dali. Simpleng pangutana lang – sa atong P4,000/P8,000 maka-tukod ba kita ug telephone system?

Nigasto ang German gov’t ug sobra P50-M para sa mga initial 400 subscribers. Sama ra nga tig-P125,000 ang guihatag nga “asset” sa kada miyembro [o P129,000 apil sa atong fixed deposit]. Mao-gyod kini ang tinuoray nga balor sa pagka-miyembro sa CAMTECOP129,000. Mao siguro nga ang kadaghanan sa mga miyembro wala na magpa-kabana kay nag-tuo sila nga P4,000 ra ang balor.

Maayo unta’g na-abli nako inyong mga mata. Kun naa’y ipatawag nga special general assembly meeting, dili kita mag-dali dali pag-botasyon. Taga-i ug pipila ka semana nga ma-hisgot-hisgotan kini nga mga inpormasyon.

Ika-duha, SABTA UG MAAYO kining akong gui-saysay kaninyo kay DILI AKO mangugat pag-pasaka ug mga motion sa Gen Assembly.

Ika-tulo, dili nako makaya nga hatagan ug kopya ang gatusan ka mga miyembro. Kamo nga naka-dawat niini, inyo na kini’ng obligasyon kun nag-lantaw pa kamo sa pag-salbar sa CAMTECO.

Andam akong motubag sa mga pangutana. Mag-hatag ako sa akong contact number. Pero mas maayo unta ang pangutana sa usa’g usa (ug ang akong tubag) MABASA sa TANAN. So ako kini’ng i-post sa website:

camiguintelekom.wordpress.com (kini nga website)

Isulat lang inyong mga pangutana sa papel. Sugo-a inyong anak, apo o bisan kinsang batan-on pag-comment sa website. Pwede sad i-text inyong mga pangutana.
Sa katapusan, ako naa’y mga kasaypanan sa nag-serbisyo pa ko sa CAMTECO. Unta ato kining mapadaplin para ma-salbar nato atong kooperatiba.

Kini sad wala’y bulok politika o pagpaka-uwaw. Nahisulat man nga ang tanan nga namunuan pagatahoron kay ang ilang gahom hinatag gikan sa kahitas-an. Sama ra kang Ponsio Pilato – ang Ginoong Hesukristo naga-ingon kaniya “wala kay gahom batok kanako kun wala kini gihatag sa kahitas-an” [Juan 19:11]

Dinhi na lang ko kutob. Lamdagan unta sa kahitas-an ang atong mga pang-huna-huna.

Matinahuron,

(Sgd.) Genciano “Nandy” Dagondon (387-0900)
Cebu: (032)340-1807
Cellphone: 0920-637-3450 (Smart); 0927-286-1817 (Globe/TM)

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Proposed Joint Project – Local GSM Mobile Network

Here’s a project that provide the following services and regain CAMTECO’s lost revenue due to cellphones and the Internet:

Mobile Phones

  1. Wireless landline – mobile landline that can be carried around Camiguin (similar to PLDT Landline+),  just a local call to/from regular landline
  2. Wireless Internet – Internet connection to homes and cellphones

How this project adds more  revenue to CAMTECO?

  1. Additional per-minute charge (traffic) between regular landline and wireless landline
  2. By making wireless landline affordable to the public,  it means more additional subscribers. More subscribers means more calls (traffic) which results to more  revenue.
  3. Quick activation of service – all it takes is an ordinary cellphone plus a CAMTECO SIM
  4. Text messaging among CAMTECO cellphone users. The key – CAMTECO must offer very low SMS rates compared to Globe, Smart and Sun  like 0.25 per regular text message or 1 week unlimited text for only P5.00.  It needs marketing strategy.
  5. Wireless can serve areas unreacheable or too costly to install via cable like Itum. There are many potential subscribers there who can afford to pay for the phone and Internet services like OFW homes, retirees and foreigners.
  6. Eastern Misamis Oriental where CAMTECO has a franchise (from Balingasag eastward) can be served. Thousands more voice and text message subscribers.

With the latest in radio technology, the cost of putting up a cellsite dropped to only 10% than 10 years ago.  It is now within the reach of CAMTECOs finances to put up a cellphone network.

Finally, add VoIP (aka Internet telephony).  With this technology it’s possible that CAMTECO phone service can be extended anywhere in the world via Internet! For example, a Camiguingnon in London can place a local call to Camiguin.  This kind of service is exactly the same offered by Vonage USA.

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.

By the way, the author submitted a  formal proposal to CAMTECO (Camiguin Telephone Cooperative) for a joint project. If this system works, CAMTECO can offer this system to private telephone operators all over the Philippines.

Please share this opportunity to any CAMTECO member. They’ll be benefited from better services and more dividends and patronage refund.

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Is VoIP good for CAMTECO?

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

Convergence

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.

Overseas calls

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!

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DSL or ADSL – Which One for Rural Internet Providers?

Rural telephone operators and cable TV  operators have no other choice to survive – offer Internet service. Unfortunately, they are still at the mercy of giant telecom operators who control ALL parts of the Internet connection:

  • the IGF (international gateway facilities)
  • Backbone
  • Local networks (mostly in profitable metropolitan areas).  

Giant telcos have huge bandwidth capacities –  in terabit levels and they’re charging around P55,000/month for a mere 2-MB(megabit) DSL link to rural operators! In contrast, a 2-MB ADSL are offered to household subscribers in metropolitan areas for only less than P6,000 per month!  Unfortunately rural providers make the mistake of getting a 2-mb DSL link instead of a cheaper ADSL link!!! Technically, a cheap 2-mb ADSL link is sufficient for small rural Internet provider.   Here’s the explanation.

What’s the difference between a DSL and an ADSL line? ADSL stands for Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line.  The asymmetry lies in the difference of bandwidth (or speed) between the downlink (operator-to-subscriber) and the uplink (subscriber-to-operator). DSL is actually abbreviated SDSL which stands for Symmetrical DSL (i.e. equal speed in both direction).  

Rural Internet providers should know this vital information :

WEB SURFING REQUIRE LESSER UPLINK SPEED THAN DOWNLINK SPEED

An example would explain this.  When a user types http://www.yahoo.com, how much data is sent to Yahoo? Just a few bytes. Now look what is the response from Yahoo – lots of text, pictures, applets, etc. all over the page. Hundreds or even thousands of bytes isn’t it? Therefore, a cheap ADSL link from telco to rural Internet provider is enough! For redundancy, it’s help to get other links for other providers, too.

Who needs DSL lines?  Corporate or business users. They need it to do:

  • File transfers
  • Email
  • Telephony
  • Video and video surveillance
  • Networking of computers and servers

DSL lines are expensive. The rough monthly figures I know are:

  • 2MB – P15,000
  • 4MB – P55,000
  • 10MB – P250,000

So … rural operators don’t be fooled of subscribing DSL links without knowing your requirements.

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PSTN Access Number – a kept secret in Internet telephony

Dear fellow Filipinos worldwide,

I’m sure you are using  SkypeViber, etc. to call your family here in the Philippines.  But …

Don’t you know that you can call them from landline or cellphone in 37 countries? Well … not to any telephone in the Philippines. But to keep in touch with your family, this is perfect. This is one of the best kept secret in Internet telephony (aka VoIP) – totally unknown to almost all Filipinos abroad. Want to know?”  Continue reading

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RSS in Simple English

RSS Subscription SymbolThis symbol is commonly found on blogs and websites.  It took me sometime to appreciate it’s usefulness until I found this YouTube video.  This is really a nice time-saving tool for us readers.   Highly recommended! Click the symbol to watch the video.

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Moving my gcd.i.ph blogs here

Sad to say www.i.ph blog site closed down last may 22, 2012.  I’m consolidating my i.ph posts here to streamline my effort. I’d be focusing on giving tips about telecommunications, Internet stuff especially Internet telephony (aka VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol).

Stay tuned …

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18 Years – Camiguin Telephone Network

Today marks the 18th anniversary of Camiguin Telephone Cooperative, the start of commercial operation of the digital telephone network around the island province. The inaugural call was placed by the late Usec. Josie Lichauco to Pres. Fidel V. Ramos. The grant was initiated upon the request of the late Pres. Cory Aquino to Chancellor Helmut Kohl during her state visit to Germany. We, Camiguingnons, are grateful to the German government for the grant – from the hardwares, installation, workshops, training and seminars; the Provincial Gov’t under the administration of then Gov. Nieto Gallardo for leasing part of the Capitol building for the telephone exchange, the backup genset and the tower; and to the initial members who believed in the project.

Image of Heinz Pomplun

Heinz Pomplun

However, there are also unsung heroes. One of them is the late Heinz Pomplun, the GTZ consultant. I would say he’s the workhorse on the German side. Heinz assisted us in coordinating the details with gov’t agencies and PLDT, guiding CAMTECO directors, managegement and staff what needs to be done. He’s down-to-earth. He listens to people from all walks of life – from meeting with PLDT top brass to drinking sessions with practically anyone at sari-sari stores. He (and Mr Juergen Marx) justified NOT TO HIRE an on-site German consultant (which is unusual especially to a capital-intensive project) but instead hire a qualified Filipino engineer/manager. They believed the Filipinos can do it! Just too bad he passed away at a very young age, 45, in 1999. To Heinz – we salute you. Auf Wiedersehen!

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The first telephone system in Camiguin

The first telephone system in Camiguin is NOT  the Phil-German Rural Telephone Network Project/Camiguin Telephone Cooperative (CAMTECO).  Believe it or not – there was a working telephone system in the 60s spanning the entire town of Mambajao – from Tupsan to Naasag.

The equipments
WWII US Signal Corp surplus


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“IPTV next” – CAMTECO

CAMTECO just posted on Facebook “IPTV next”. It looks like a head-on collision with Island Cable TV. Cable TV operators are offering Internet service. Perhaps, it’s one of the main reason why the latter is upgrading to fiber. What comes next after Internet? Value-Added Services. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), IPTV, etc. So, Island Cable becomes a telephone provider? It’s not a remote possibility. If there’s a direct competition, what matters to the general public is Quality of Service vs Price. But for CAMTECO members, it’s more complicated because there is a 3rd factor – patronage to the cooperative.

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