Using conventional line transmission systems, the cost of rural communications is often prohibitive. As a result, the telecommunications infrastructure is frequently poor. The lack of communications facilities cuts the area off from mainstream development and prevents full participation in social and economic programs
For Camiguin, the communications gap is compounded by its island location, one hour’s boat trip from the major Philippine island Mindanao. And until CAMTECO came into operation, the boat was the island’s only means of communication with the outside world.
The island is of volcanic origin, the center dominated by Mt. Timpoong. Most of the island’s 80,000 inhabitants live in the coastal region. This combination of water, jungle and mountainous regions made Camiguin an ideal candidate for a communications technology mix to provide the most cost-effective solution.
Source: Good connections – Camiguin Rural Communications Project (Alcatel-SEL)