Commsrisk Top Ten for July 2017

I am starting to become jealous of Dave Morrow. It has taken me years to build up an audience for my rants about revenue assurance, complaints about copyright abuse, and tirades about telco management. In contrast, Dave has quickly become the most popular writer on Commsrisk just because he repeatedly writes clever, forceful articles about fraud and corruption and what we should do about them. Dave’s interview of an ex-fraudster was easily the most popular Commsrisk article of July, despite being published toward the end of the month. If it keeps being shared on social media then it will be a contender for the most-widely read Commsrisk article of the year.

Eyeing Dave’s success, Stuart Waton of Three decided to jump into the fray this month, writing his first article for Commsrisk. It proved so popular that Stuart secured the second spot on the top ten rundown. Another new writer, Stefan Lueg of Deutsche Telekom, wrote the fourth most popular piece of the month, and he has only been doing revenue assurance for a few weeks. So even the newbies are writing better articles than me now. Now I just need another five like Dave, Stuart and Stefan to step up to the challenge of pleasing a demanding worldwide audience with their fresh ideas and inspirational insights, and then there will be no room left for my boneheaded blathering. But maybe this old dog is not finished yet, as the 30th episode of the Commsrisk podcast sneaked into the final place in July’s top ten, although it was released only a few days before the end of the month, and despite having no guests but me!

These were the ten most popular Commsrisk articles during July, as ranked by unique page views.

  1. Telco corruption fuels simbox frauds
  2. Revenue assurance: building a team
  3. MTN Nigeria embroiled in row after 11 arrested for fraud
  4. A blink at RAG
  5. 3 takeaways from PwC ‘Risk in Review’ study
  6. Google is funding anti-telco academic research
  7. Using blockchains to prevent fraud
  8. Would you pay $250 to intercept somebody’s calls?
  9. Social media and fraud: do it to them before they do it to us
  10. Why spend on risk and assurance?
Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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