Camiguin, an island province of the Philippines, is the recipient of Phil-German Rural Telecommunication Project. Major objectives of the pilot project were:
- to prove the viability of a modern telephone network in a rural area
- to measure the socio-economic effect of the telephone network
The project was implemented by GTZ, an agency of the German government that includes:
- establishment of network requirements & specifications
- procurement and installation of the telephone system
- training of management and personnel
- socio-economic baseline studies
For the Philippine counterpart, a cooperative was formed – the Camiguin Telephone Cooperative (CAMTECO) which provide the installation sites and the operational capital. The Provincial Government, under the administration of Gov. Antonio Gallardo, provided the franchise and the site for the local exchange.
The network started operation on February 12, 1994. The heart of the system is a full-digital Alcatel S12 exchange. After 2 years of operation, CAMTECO was able to expand the network (including the upgrade of the S12 exchange).