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Telecoms operators face $300bn global loss from uncollected revenue and fraud in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Risk management and analytics expert Neural Technologies today announced the results of its Global Telecoms Risk Management Global Survey 2016.  Telecoms operators face an estimated global average loss of 13% or $294bn* (USD) resulting from uncollected revenue and fraud.


Over 100 telecoms fraud experts completed the survey which reveals that revenue loss varies widely by region, with Central Asia seeing 17% losses compared to a relatively modest 8% in Western Europe. Hard revenue losses – such as external fraud, bad debt and internal fraud – totalled 6.9%, (equivalent to approximately $155bn) with missed revenues, for example sub-optimal call routing, poor processes and incorrect data usage, accounting for the remaining 6.2% ($139bn).

Luke Taylor, CCO, commented: “The Neural Technologies Telecoms Risk Management Global Survey 2016 has given us a valuable snapshot of the telecoms industry from the operators themselves. The main findings include the fact that, in more than 50% of companies surveyed, the CFO is the most senior individual responsible for fraud, credit risk and revenue assurance – which reflects our understanding based on talking to many CSP’s in the past few years, so the buck really stops there, and we think that CFOs will find the report particularly useful.”

“In addition, when it comes to managing risk, our respondents cited ‘knowledge sharing’ as equally important as the ‘underlying systems.’ Neural is keen to encourage the exchange of information between peers and this was an important discussion at our 2015 User Forum. The telecoms sector is significantly expanding its services around the world with faster broadband, 4G/5G roll-out and more connected devices. Our survey reveals that new services create both new revenue opportunities and risks for operators and the challenge is to secure the upside and minimise the losses.”
 
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