Sprint, Tele2, Telstra, Vodafone and Others Join 10 Wholesale Carriers to Combat Fraud in International Telecoms

14 May 2018
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Sprint, Tele2, Telstra, Vodafone and Others Join 10 Wholesale Carriers to Combat Fraud in International Telecoms Image Credit: ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF)

BTS, Interoute, Sprint, Tele2, Telia Carrier, Telstra, MNF Group including TNZI, and Vodafone have joined 10 other Carriers in an industry-led Code of Conduct to combat fraud in international telecoms. 

The initiative is led by the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF), a leadership body of the international Carrier industry and i3forum, a non-profit focused on supporting transformation in Carrier business.

Each organisation that signs the Code of Conduct agrees to adhere to its principles and work together to limit the impact of fraud in the wholesale telecoms industry.

The Code of Conduct was launched by the GLF in partnership with i3forum in March 2018. It was developed to give all players across the global Carrier ecosystem steps for protecting their businesses and preventing fraudsters from profiting from criminal activity. Current participants to the Code are A1 Telekom Austria, BICS, BT, Colt, Deutsche Telekom ICSS, Etisalat, Orange, PCCW Global, Telefónica and Türk Telekom International.

The Code of Conduct includes:

 - A commitment to monitor and report on fraudulent activity

 - Adhering to i3forum recommended processes to detect fraud

 - Blocking fraudulent number ranges and destinations

- Taking the appropriate action to stop payment flows to those who commit fraud.

 - A commitment to share information regarding fraudulent traffic flows with Carrier peers

 - Adopting standard contracting terms addressing fraudulent traffic management

The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum and i3forum have made progress in defining fraud and identifying best practices in dealing with cases of fraud. The collaboration on the Code of Conduct from players across the industry will help drive the adoption of this across the ecosystem. 

Daniel Kurgan, CEO of BICS
Each organisation that signs the Code of Conduct is taking action that will benefit the entire Carrier ecosystem. It shows their commitment to creating healthy and sustainable Carrier businesses that proactively protect their customers and partners

Philippe Milet, Chairman of i3forum
This is the first time Carriers from around the globe have come together to actively fight Voice fraud in the industry with a Code of Conduct. It is a simple way to get involved in the fight against fraud and gives our industry a common goal. Every Carrier should get in touch and sign the Code of Conduct. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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