Commsrisk Top Ten for October 2020

October saw a continuation of the elevated level of traffic that has become the new norm for Commsrisk in 2020. A surge of interest in the final few posts was sufficient to lift the total number of visitors to a new record for a calendar month; this is the third time the record has been broken this year. The data speaks for itself: Commsrisk’s popularity represents an essential shift in how telecoms risk managers obtain information, and the transformation has been accelerated by the impact of the pandemic on working patterns.

Whilst web traffic has risen significantly, this has not been because of social media. During October, LinkedIn generated 7.7 percent of inbound traffic, Twitter was the source for nearly 2 percent, and Facebook delivered 1 percent. Almost 90 percent of traffic comes from visitors who have bookmarked Commsrisk or who found it via a web search. This implies that the growth in traffic from those sources must be due to a mixture of personal recommendations and Commsrisk’s content featuring towards the top of searches that people perform.

Those who spend too much time in a social media bubble may not be aware of what is happening in the wider world, but fundamental change is apparent to anyone with access to the relevant data. This is illustrated by the devices preferred by Commsrisk visitors in different regions. Readers in Europe and the Americas are still more likely to use desktops than mobile phones, but the gap between desktops and mobiles has narrowed considerably in Europe, and there has been a noticeable increase in traffic from mobile phone users in Asia and Africa. However, there continue to be rivals to Commsrisk that have still not been redesigned for mobile phones! This makes me wonder if the people behind those websites have ever considered who their readers are.

These were the ten most popular Commsrisk articles during October, as ranked by unique pageviews.

  1. Ugandan Mobile Money Services Suspended Following Major Fraud
  2. Subex Appoints New CTO
  3. Three Mind-Bending Futuristic Revenue Assurance Systems
  4. Telco CEO Charged with Fraud after 10-Year Investigation
  5. UK Spooks Found Huawei Network Flaw with ‘National Significance’
  6. Five Common Mistakes in Assuring Mobile Money
  7. Network Security Flaw Lets Smartphone Penis Lock Be Permanently Sealed by Anyone
  8. Why Did the US Adopt an Anti-Spoofing Solution That Does Not Work for All Calls?
  9. Bitcoin Entrepreneur Starts Anti-SIM Swap Telco for Rich People
  10. From A to B: The 5 Reasons to Join a Community That Permanently Prevents Fraud
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.