Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie

Alex was Founder and CEO of the Global Billing Association (GBA), a trade body focused on the communications sector. He is a sought after speaker and chairman at leading industry conferences, and is widely published in communications magazines around the world. Until it closed, he was Contributing Editor, OSS/BSS for Connected Planet. He is publisher of DisruptiveViews and previously BillingViews.

Assurance needs to be upgraded for the new digital journey

Assurance needs to be upgraded for the new digital journey

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As the race to become digital gathers pace, telcos must focus on revenue assurance to stop potential losses. In a recent survey sponsored by Openet and conducted by Telecoms.com fully 90% of 117 operators said that 10% of their revenue would come from digital services in 2017. Over 30% believe this figure will be over […]

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The IMS World Forum – launchpad for telco innovation

The IMS World Forum – launchpad for telco innovation

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Jan Rijk Vonk is Director of Innovation Strategy at KPN, and is a speaker at the forthcoming IMS World Forum, 23-24 May in Madrid. What we wanted to know is why IMS seems suddenly to have come of age, and gone mainstream. “It is as simple as the fact that legacy systems are not flexible, […]

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Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Written by on April 25, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

Someone once said that ‘it all comes back to billing’. That someone was the CEO of a new entrant into the North American wireless market. While billing has now broadened in scope, it still holds true. Now you might say ‘it all comes back to Smart Charging and Payments’. The ETIS Smart Charging and Payments […]

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Only imagination constrains the opportunities for tomorrow’s MVNO

Only imagination constrains the opportunities for tomorrow’s MVNO

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Now that MVNO has to mean more than being a simple reseller, differentiation is critical. Price itself is a commodity and no way of differentiating your services – you have to provide innovative and compelling reasons why customers would want to sign up, and stay with you. As Robert Machin, Market Analyst with Openet says, […]

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AI progress seems to stretch from here to eternity (augmented, of course)

AI progress seems to stretch from here to eternity (augmented, of course)

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is becoming harder to figure out where we are with AI. At one end of the scale, AI seems to be the answer to, well everything. Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind – now owned by Google – said that ‘step one is to use it to figure out natural intelligence. Step two is to […]

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3D printed chocolate and a short Easter break

3D printed chocolate and a short Easter break

Written by on April 13, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

This year so far has seen continued interest in the areas of the IoT, 3D printing, AI, VR and a host of other areas. The hype, though, has now been matched by wake up calls across the board. How advanced is AI? How far away is 5G? What are the real applications for VR? All of […]

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Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

In the last few years the MVNO arena has undergone a quiet but seismic change. The traditional way of launching an MVNO was to invest $10 million and spend months negotiating with the network operator, implementing systems and processes. And even when you had done all that, you were limited in the services you could […]

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AI is still a long way from being genuinely intelligent

AI is still a long way from being genuinely intelligent

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The news that Facebook and its sister platforms were being forced to do something about ‘revenge porn’ highlighted how early in the life of Artificial Intelligence we actually are. Mr Zuckerberg wrote in one of his famous blogs that ’we are focused on building a community that keeps people safe. That means building technology and […]

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Will mass automation and the IoT bring darkness or light?

Will mass automation and the IoT bring darkness or light?

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems right to meet Simon Montford in a coffee shop so new that is doesn’t appear on Google Maps. We are, after all, discussing the future of, well, everything. Montford runs WEB3/IOT, an IoT consulting business and blog. He also runs the IoT Scotland Meetup, and regularly speaks at conferences about all things internet. […]

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Throw away lines that change the way you see the future

Throw away lines that change the way you see the future

Written by on April 3, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

  Recently, in interviews, bars and conferences, people have dropped lines into the conversation that have – quite radically – changed the way I think about the future. The first was during an interview with Simon Montford, Edinburgh based entrepreneur and IoT enthusiast. We were talking about how the IoT will evolve and I was […]

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