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The International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF)

Background

The International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) is the premier Risk Forum for the global telecommunications industry. It was formed over ten years ago to provide a community for Europe’s Tier One Carriers and other industry participants. It aims to promote best practice in the telecoms industry and to minimise fraud and bad debt. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members.

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Share customer experiences and draw on each others’ knowledge
  • Develop and enhance best and new practice in credit and risk management
  • Improve skill levels
  • Provide access to a network of like-minded professionals and relevant industry experts.

It’s different because…

The International Telecoms Risk Forum is not an ad-hoc event with business development aims. But a genuine and lasting community of peers with common interests and goals.

How the forum operates

Meetings

There are 4 International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings a year, each of two-day duration. Refreshments & lunch are provided. There is an optional group dinner on the evening of Day One.

Venue

Two International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings a year are held in the UK and two are held in Europe. The Forums Administrator assists with hotel bookings/ transfer arrangements if required.

Data Exchange Session

The International Telecoms Risk Forum meetings include a formal data exchange session to enable members to discuss their customer  accounts. The session is run strictly in accordance with all legal requirements, including but not limited to relevant data protection and competition law.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The International Telecoms Risk Forum members have significant input into other sessions on the meeting agendas, to ensure that they are relevant and cover key areas of common interest. We source and invite knowledgeable subject experts in order to ensure that content is of the highest standard.

It’s different because…

Holding meetings at members’ premises is a way of demonstrating the trust that is required for the International Telecoms Risk Forum to be truly beneficial.

What to expect

In addition to the data exchange sessions, recent agendas have included the following:

Trading with companies in tricky locations

How to get paid from foreign states which are subject to relevant sanctions

Optimisation v Automation

Credit Managers from global blue-chip companies debate the pros and cons of automated procedures in risk & credit.

Middle East & Africa – Tapping Into a Emerging Market

A interactive session on the telecoms market in MENA – the players, the risks, the rewards.

Europe in Crisis

An update on the current picture, thoughts and views on the future and how this will effect trading in the telecoms industry.

Fraud Experiences & Prevention Techniques

A workshop sharing members’ experiences of successfully perpetrated frauds and how they could have been avoided.

KPI’s

What metrics add value for you? Exchanging ideas about which measurements are beneficial.

It’s different because…

The agenda sessions are drawn directly from suggestions made by members, and are not dictated by either FI Ltd or the sponsors.

Membership information

Membership Criteria

The International Telecoms Risk Forum membership is open to senior credit & risk professionals from international Tier One carriers. All membership applications are reviewed by the steering committee I accordance with the forum membership criteria. Membership is subject to acceptance of the forum constitution.

Current Membership Sample

  • BICS
  • BT
  • BTS
  • Citic
  • Colt Technology
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Gamma Telecom
  • Ibasis
  • IDT Global
  • KDDI Global
  • Liquid Telecom
  • MGI
  • Orange Telecom
  • Tata Comms
  • Telehouse Europe
  • Telefonica
  • Telia Carrier
  • TEO
  • Telenor
  • Telecom Italia
  • Virgin Media
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone
  • Wavecrest

Fees

Members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves. This is subject to passing an initial company.

There is an annual membership fee of £1450. This covers all administration and meeting costs, as well as membership of the ITRF Knowledge Sharing Hub.

Members are responsible for their own hotel, accommodation and travel costs. Administrative assistance with travel arrangements and  hotel bookings is available.

It’s different because…

The membership is a genuine peer group  – the forum is not open non accredited suppliers.

Membership is not just about meetings

We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the International Telecoms Risk Forum between meetings. There is an established electronic communications channel for  members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other, as well as the CMIC  service for sharing risk information.

itrf@forumsinternational.co.uk

All members contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting presentations and workshop outputs can also be downloaded.

It’s different because…

The Forum partners have been carefully selected for the knowledge and services they can offer to the members  and are not permitted to use the meetings as sales opportunities.

What the members say

It was a great meeting and very open/useful comments.

Mike Burnett, Risk Manager, Group Customer Billing, BT.

Very valuable meeting

Collin Greene, VP of Finance, Impact Telecom

The International Telecoms Risk Forum (ITRF) is a great opportunity to exchange data and participate in relevant workshops in a professional and friendly environment as well as network and catch up socially with other members from Telecoms companies around the world.

I have been a member for 12 years, in  my opinion this is a key part of Risk management and an invaluable part of my job.

It is been well supported and run by the sponsors including Forums International, who are always keen to listen to the members and follow up on feedback.  Long may it last.

Christine Knowles, Director of Credit and Risk, WaveCrest

Membership of the ITRF has been invaluable for me both as a source of information and also because of the network of relationships with other carriers that it has facilitated. On multiple occasions since I joined the International Telecoms Risk Forum these connections have proved to be important in problem resolution. The workshops which take place during the meetings have also given me valuable insights into various aspects of credit risk control.

I would highly recommend the forum.’

Helen Hanimann, Chief Financial Officer, MGI

Being a member of the ITRF group & chairman for 4 consecutive terms, has been a vital part of our company’s Credit processes & success.

The common goal shared by all members has been key to the whole group’s success.

Good relationships have been forged & as well has friendships which only enhances the professional intelligence shared by all.

Many thanks to the Forums International Group for overlooking the ITRF forum.         

Pasqualina Spagnuolo

Senior -International Credit Manager

Europe, Russia, Balkans,Israel, Turkey.

TATA Communications Inc.

Who We Are

The International Telecoms Risk Forum is operated by Forums International Ltd, a leading provider of credit and industry forums and focus groups. Our Forums Team has over 20 years’ experience of delivering forums and events and have established an enviable reputation throughout the credit profession. FI Ltd currently operate 9 forums across and within a variety of industries.

Director Laurie Beagle has played a significant role in building the credit community across Europe, and is regularly invited to contribute articles to industry publications, particularly on international matters. In April 2012 Laurie was recognised for his commitment to the credit industry with the CICM’s Meritorious Service Award. Laurie is a member of the Advisory Council and in 2016 was elected to the position of Chair of the Executive Board.

Director  Lynn Christon has been organising and co-ordinating the International Telecoms Risk Forum for the last 20 years. She has specialist skills in event organisation and delivery, communication and member relations.

It’s different because…

Our priority is to correctly interpret members’ objectives and deliver high-quality, valuable forums which offer real benefit, not to promote our own services. We believe that we demonstrate our credibility best by doing just this.

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Services are delivered via their website (www.cedar-rose.com), by API or email in various formats according to their clients’ requirements.

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