07 May 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Eight more carriers have signed up to a code of conduct to combat fraud in the industry, adding to 10 that have already agreed to it.
The industry’s Global Leaders’
Forum (GLF) worked with the i3forum to launch the code of
conduct in March 2018, when A1 Telekom Austria, BICS, BT, Colt,
Deutsche Telekom ICSS, Etisalat, Orange, PCCW Global,
Telefónica and Türk Telekom International signed
Daniel Kurgan, CEO of BICS, announced at International Telecoms
Week (ITW) in Chicago this morning that another eight have
signed: BTS, Interoute, Sprint, Tele2, Telia Carrier, Telstra,
MNF Group including TNZI, and Vodafone.
"Now it’s moving to actions [on fraud]," Kurgan
said in a packed conference session at ITW. "It’s
a very strong stance. GLF and the i3forum invite all interested
wholesale carriers to sign the code of conduct. The first thing
to do is to sign the code and then invite all your business
partners to sign the code."
Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global and chair of the GLF,
encouraged companies to organise staff with the right skillsets
to manage threats to their infrastructure. "This is an issue
for everyone. If you don’t have someone whose job
it is you don’t care about it enough. We need to
be vigorous about fraud."
Kurgan said: "If your partners refuse to sign the code this
should ring a big bell. It’s only by acting
collectively that we can get results."
At the moment the GLF is focused on fraud in the wholesale
voice market, but it will widen its attention to cover areas
such as messaging and cloud, said Kurgan.
"We’ve seen more and more of the networks of our
customers being hacked," he said. "These activities are taking
place across our networks and we could take action."
The code of conduct includes:
• A commitment to monitor and report on fraudulent
• Adhering to i3forum recommended processes to detect
• 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 full code of conduct and the list of carriers pledged to
follow the principles are available at: www.itwglf.com
code of conduct,