Commsrisk Top Ten for August 2018

Commsrisk visitor stats were steady across most of August, then rose at the end; presumably this reflects when many readers choose to take their holidays. However, the audience figures for 2018 show less seasonal variation, and fewer peaks and troughs in general, than was common in previous years. This appears to be linked to the increasing geographic diversity of Commsrisk’s readership.

A few years ago, Commsrisk might have received visitors from 80 to 100 different countries during a typical month, but now the monthly readership will come from 130 countries or more. At the same time, countries where there used to be only a few readers are now generating much more traffic than they used to, although their place in the rankings remains unchanged because so many other countries are also exhibiting similar growth.

The top three countries for Commsrisk continue to be India, UK and the USA, but the order of these three keeps changing from month to month. Some countries where English is not widely spoken have noticeably closed the gap to the top three. Continental Europe, South America and Africa now generate much more traffic, with the consequence that populous countries like Germany, Brazil and Ethiopia more commonly feature near the top of the charts. The rising popularity of Commsrisk in African countries might be connected to an increasing number of articles about telcos based in that region, but there is no similar causal explanation for strong growth experienced elsewhere.

These ten Commsrisk articles received most unique views during August. Despite the optimism generated by increasing traffic to the website, the most popular article was pessimistic in tone.

  1. Revenue Assurance Is Old News
  2. Focus on SIM Swaps and Mobile Money Fraud in Kenya
  3. Preventing Leakages and Stealing Ideas
  4. AT&T Sued for $224mn Following SIM Swap
  5. Vodafone UK Promises to Block Wangiri Calls
  6. UK Reg Rejects Calls to Reduce 070 Fraud and Bill Shock by Fixing the Number Plan
  7. The Extinction of Telephone Numbers
  8. The Vulnerability of Voicemail
  9. Contingency Communication Following a Catastrophic Failure
  10. US Receives 4 Billion Robocalls Per Month
Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.