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Season 2: Schedule of Live Shows
This table gives the details of shows scheduled for Season 2 of RAG TV. It will be updated as new guests are confirmed. Click the link on the end of each row to save the time of that episode to your diary. You can also subscribe to the calendar of all RAG TV shows and every episode will automatically be saved to your schedule. Look below for recordings of episodes that have previously been streamed live.
|Episode||Guests and Topics||Date||Time|
|S2E1||Timo Vainionpää, owner of AurorA International Telecom, talks about the impact of origin-based pricing on fraud. Donald Reinhart of LATRO Services explains the need for speed when tackling bypass.||Wed Jun 17||7am||10am||3pm||7.30pm||10pm||replay video|
|S2E2||Daniele Cellai of Hewlett Packard Enterprise talks about using various kinds of machine learning as part of automating the way businesses prioritize and respond to suspected frauds.||Wed Jun 24||2am||5am||10am||2.30pm||5pm||replay video|
|S2E3||Kingsley Unah, formerly Financial Controller and General Manager for RAFM at Airtel Nigeria, contrasts telco billing accuracy and KYC in Nigeria and his new home, Canada. Dion Price, CEO of Trustonic, talks about different ways to control the handset to encourage customers to pay bills whilst discouraging theft.||Wed Jul 1||7am||10am||3pm||7.30pm||10pm||replay video|
|S2E4||Taher Talib explains why Shaw Communications set their FMS to automatically exchange wangiri fraud data with other telcos through the RAG Wangiri Blockchain. Nithin Gangadharan of Subex and blockchain innovator Tony Sani explain why vendors are integrating their fraud products with the wangiri ledger.||Wed Jul 8||7am||10am||3pm||7.30pm||10pm||add to calendar|
|S2E5||Francis Afful, Senior Manager of RAFM at MTN Ghana, talks about the changing nature of bypass fraud and how it has hurt West Africa.||Wed Jul 15||7am||10am||3pm||7.30pm||10pm||add to calendar|
|S2E6||Nikhil Sehgal of Colt talks about his new role overseeing engineering governance for his CTO, and its relationship with business assurance.||Wed Jul 22||2am||5am||10am||2.30pm||5pm||add to calendar|
|S2E7||To be confirmed||Wed Jul 29|
Episode Guide and Recordings of Previous Shows for Playback
|Episode||Date of Live Stream||Guests and topics||Link|
|S2E3||1 Jul 2020||Dion Price of Trustonic talks about device management as part of a strategy for improving collection of revenues; Kingsley Unah contrasts bill accuracy in Africa and North America||replay video|
|S2E2||24 Jun 2020||Daniele Cellai of Hewlett Packard Enterprise talks about using various kinds of machine learning as part of automating the way businesses prioritize and respond to suspected frauds||replay video|
|S2E1||17 Jun 2020||Donald Reinhart of LATRO Services explains the need for a multi-layered strategy to combat bypass; Timo Vainionpää tells us how a small international carrier can win by offering quality instead of grey routing||replay video|
|S1E5||29 Apr 2020||Colin Yates shares insights into the changing patterns of international revenue share fraud (IRSF) and how he helps Europol with their investigations||replay video|
|S1E4||22 Apr 2020||Arnd Baranowski, CEO of Oculeus, explains how the adoption of SIP changes the risk exposure of telcos and how fraudulent calls can be identified in less than a tenth of a second||replay video|
|S1E3||15 Apr 2020||Joseph Nderitu, former Head of RAFM at Vodacom Tanzania, talks about corruption; Ray Green of Focus Data explains how to conduct a data-driven investigation||replay video|
|S1E2||8 Apr 2020||Gina Pesheva of Deutsche Telekom talks about the transition to business assurance; Tony Sani of Orillion talks about using blockchain to fight wangiri fraud||replay video|
|S1E1||1 Apr 2020||Jeffrey Ross of GBSD Technologies talks about authenticating caller IDs and the impact that STIR/SHAKEN will have on small telcos worldwide||replay video|
|S1E0||25 Mar 2020||Eric Priezkalns of RAG gives a brief preview the first season of RAG Television, explaining how to watch the live shows and ask questions to the guests||replay video|
|Pilot||16 Sep 2019||Geoff Ibbett of Symmetry Solutions talks about the RAG Leakage Catalogue, the most comprehensive inventory of telco revenue and cost leakages||replay video|
S2E3 – 1 July 2020
Dion Price, CEO of Trustonic, talks about different ways to control the handset to encourage customers to pay their bills by selectively disconnecting some but not all services they can use. Kingsley Unah, formerly Financial Controller and General Manager for RAFM at Airtel Nigeria, contrasts telco billing accuracy and KYC in Nigeria and his new home, Canada.
S2E2 – 24 June 2020
Daniele Cellai of Hewlett Packard Enterprise talks about case scoring for fraud cases, how this helps businesses to prioritize work and avoid wasting time on false positives, and the various kinds of machine learning that can be used to improve case scoring so decisions on how to respond to frauds can be made automatically.
S2E1 – 17 June 2020
Timo Vainionpää, owner of AurorA International Telecom, talks about the downsides to least cost routing and the impact that origin-based pricing is having on fraud. Donald Reinhart of LATRO Services explains the factors that encourage bypass and why he advocates responding with a mix of controls including test calls, analytics and interpretation of network signals.
S1E5 – 29 April 2020
Colin Yates is an authority on international telecoms fraud. He pioneered the practice of fraud management first in his home country of New Zealand, then worked with telcos worldwide by contributing to law enforcement bodies and fraud associations whilst leading the anti-fraud and police liaison function of Vodafone Group. Colin shares his insights into the changing patterns of international revenue share fraud, why police forces do not pursue telecoms fraudsters more often, and the accuracy of estimates of fraud losses. Colin also explains why he has been sharing his fraud intelligence with Europol, free of charge.
Regular hosts Eric and Lee also chat about the problems created by the aggressive sales tactics of some RAFM vendors, the lack of innovation in revenue assurance relative to fraud management, and the beginnings of a telecoms cold war between the USA and China.
S1E4 – 22 April 2020
Special guest Arnd Baranowski, CEO of Oculeus, speaks about the ways SIP signalling can be exploited to help or hinder telecoms fraudsters. Arnd also discusses the research performed by his business in collaboration with the University of Kassel; this involved using machine learning to review SIP signals so fraudsters are identified and disconnected within the first 100 milliseconds of a call.
Hosts Eric and Lee also talk with Arnd about the FCC decision to make STIR/SHAKEN call authentication mandatory for all IP networks in the USA. STIR/SHAKEN adds a SIP signature which the terminating network can use to confirm the caller ID with a central authority, but depends upon the end-to-end implementation of SIP and STIR/SHAKEN across all the telcos handling the call. One FCC Commissioner stated the adoption of STIR/SHAKEN would cost some telcos “tens of millions” of dollars, begging a question about how many telcos and countries will voluntarily follow the lead of North America by adopting STIR/SHAKEN, and what happens if an increasing number of robocalls terminating on US phones are found to have originated abroad. The team also debated the merits of two alternative ways of authenticating the origin of a call: SEISMIC and the A & B Number Handshake.
S1E3 – 15 April 2020
The two guests are Joseph Nderitu, an RAFM consultant who has worked for various telcos around East Africa, and Ray Green, Director of Focus Data Services and a winner of the GSMA’s Outstanding Contribution Award for his efforts to fight fraud.
Joseph recounts the story of when he and four other executives working for Vodacom Tanzania, including the CEO, were detained without bail on trumped-up charges of conspiring to help another business to commit bypass fraud. Joseph also explains how the Tanzanian government habitually imprisons telco managers to force their employers to pay hefty fines for alleged crimes that are never tried in open court. Ray shares his advice on how to use data to conduct an investigation, and he also gives real-life examples that illustrate the need for telcos to exchange intelligence about fraud. Hosts Eric and Lee also discuss the challenges when seeking to manage operational risks with teams that are working from home, and the FCC proposing a USD6mn fine for Tracfone after the American MVNO claimed government subsidies for low-income subscribers who did not really exist.
S1E2 – 8 April 2020
The show is joined by two special guests: Gina Pesheva, Senior Manager for Business Assurance and Billing at Deutsche Telekom and Tony Sani, founder of Orillion Solutions. Gina talks about the reasons her team created an animated video to explain the transition from revenue assurance to business assurance; click here to find Gina’s video on YouTube. Tony speaks about his business partnering with RAG to deliver the RAG Wangiri Blockchain, used by a consortium of telcos to exchange intelligence about wangiri fraud. Hosts Eric and Lee also discuss the destruction of 5G masts by believers of fake news spread using WhatsApp and social media, and the FCC threatening to block all traffic from international gateway telcos if they continue to connect coronavirus scam robocalls to the US network.
S1E1 – 1 April 2020
Special guest Jeffrey Ross, COO of GBSD Technologies, talks about STIR/SHAKEN, the framework for validating the originating number of voice calls, and how it can still be cost-effectively adapted to suit the circumstances of non-IP networks and smaller telcos. Hosts Eric and Lee also discuss the Tanzanian government arresting telecoms executives and the ways spammers are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic.
S1E0 – 25 March 2020
Eric Priezkalns previews the first season of RAG Television, with guests lined up for each Wednesday of April.
Pilot – 16 September 2019
Eric Priezkalns and Lee Scargall discussed topical matters including: national revenue assurance audits and the dispute between GVG and the state of Guinea; mobile ad fraud in the USA; and academic research into turning internet pirates into paying customers. Special guest Geoff Ibbett also joined the show, talking about the responses already received to the RAG Leakage Coverage Survey.