STIR/SHAKEN statistics from January 2023
We see some encouraging trends in the latest STIR/SHAKEN statistics, along with some lingering concerns. Let’s have a look.
We’ve been publishing monthly STIR/SHAKEN statistics since April 2021. These numbers are gathered from over 100 voice service providers using our STIR/SHAKEN and robocall prevention solutions. The data describe calls they received from 522 other voice service providers that originated calls, including some robocalls, signed with STIR/SHAKEN.
Many Robocalls are signed with B or C attestation
Calls Signed with B or C Were Over 3.5 Times More Likely to be Robocalls
Figure 1 compares the percentage of robocalls by attestation level, for unsigned calls, and for all calls in January 2023.
The red line shows the robocall percentage for all calls, which was 8.35%. Robocalls were 7.79% of unsigned calls. We continue to see a significant number of robocalls among calls signed with either a B or C attestation—more than 3.5 times the percentage of robocalls among unsigned calls.
Signed Robocalls Down in January
Figure 2 shows this trend over the past six months. Robocalls signed with B attestation were down 2.97% from December. Robocalls signed with C attestation were down 3.75% in January.
SHAKEN participation continues to level off
We measure STIR/SHAKEN participation changes in three ways:
- The number of Originating Service Providers (OSPs) signing calls received by our customers
- The number of service providers authorized to do SHAKEN by the STI Policy Administrator (STI-PA)
- The number of new certification filings in the Robocall Mitigation Database
SHAKEN Participation Leveling
Figure 3 shows that the number of Originating Service Providers (OSPs) signing calls increased slightly from 507 in December to 522 in January, up 3.0%. This follows a 0.83% decrease in December.
SHAKEN Authorized Providers Increases Slightly
Figure 4 shows that the number of SHAKEN authorized providers increased by 3.6% in January, from 806 to 835. This follows a 1.4% increase in December.
New Robocall Mitigation Database Filings Up Slightly
Figure 5 shows that there were 44 new Robocall Mitigation Filings in January, a 46.7% increase from December. The January figure is in line with trends in August through November. December was an outlier.
Few calls reach their destination signed
Most Calls Arrive Unsigned
Figure 6 shows that 72.81% of calls received for termination were unsigned, up slightly from December, when 73.84% of calls were unsigned.
Percentage of Signed Calls at Termination Was Up Slightly
Figure 7 shows that the percentage of signed calls at termination was 27.19%, a 1.03% increase from 26.16% in December. The percentage of signed calls has been stuck around 24% since August 2021, despite the steady increase in Originating Service Providers and SHAKEN authorized providers signing calls at origination. It’s great to see a steady improvement, which has averaged 0.94% per month since September 2022.
Few calls receive a full attestation
STIR/SHAKEN is most useful when call signers have an authenticated relationship with the caller and calling number. This enables the originator to sign the call with full A-level attestation. This makes call analytics by downstream providers much more useful.
Few Calls Are Signed with Full Attestation
The percentage of calls signed with full attestation was around 20% at the start of 2022. It gradually declined through the first half of 2022, reaching 15.33% in August. Figure 8 shows that it slumped slightly in January to 16.91% from 17.06% in November.
- Signed robocalls continue, as robocall-friendly providers have their calls signed by downstream third-party signers using their own SHAKEN certificate.
- We see participation leveling off while the percentage of signed calls has s-l-o-w-l-y improved by almost 1% per month since September.
- We expect a big jump in participation as providers come online approaching the June 30 deadline.
- A-level attestation remains stuck around 17%, undermining the usefulness of call authentication.
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