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.

Policy control and the long road towards 5G

Policy control and the long road towards 5G

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With just weeks before Informa’s annual Policy Control conference, it seemed like a good idea to catch up with some of the speakers to see what they want to discuss at the event. Policy is, of course, at the heart of the digital discussion for the next few years, and one speaker, Shira Levine, believes […]

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What happens if Google and Facebook cannot control content?

What happens if Google and Facebook cannot control content?

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

It is becoming increasingly apparent that digital giants such as Google and Facebook do not have the expertise to filter content on their sites. On Friday the UK Government took adverts for public services off YouTube and summoned Google to an ‘interview without coffee’. As we have said before, it is basically not possible to […]

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Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

There is a sentiment out there that says billing is boring. There is also a sentiment out there that says that when things go wrong, they become interesting again. So with billing. Last week we saw a frankly shocking – no, we did not say made up – report that billing is in a terrible mess, […]

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Are the digital disruptors being disrupted, distracted or derailed?

Are the digital disruptors being disrupted, distracted or derailed?

Written by on March 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Our world is going mad, if it has not already got there. And it seems that even the coolest companies are becoming ever so slightly stained by the journey. You have to wonder if the disruptors of yesterday are about to suffer their own uncomfortable disruption. Facebook is fighting a rear-guard action on several fronts. […]

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The billing systems mess is even worse than we thought

The billing systems mess is even worse than we thought

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems, shockingly, that operators are no more on top of the billing systems mess than they were some years ago. In fact, the situation, according to a recent survey by Mobile Europe, has got dramatically worse. The reason for the mess, according to the report, is that telecoms has grown by acquisition rather than […]

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If you want some real reality, then why not try Pokemon Go

If you want some real reality, then why not try Pokemon Go

Written by on March 9, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

The consensus seems to be forming that the recent MWC in Barcelona was actually some weird virtual reality experience. Real reality seemed to have left the building. Even the hype was being hyped (presumably to keep investors investing until the hype becomes reality). Among the over-hyped hype, however, was one small note of sanity. Oddly, […]

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Will humans become the hackers of machines?

Will humans become the hackers of machines?

Written by on March 2, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

You know how hackers are always one step ahead of us? How our defences are based on fast reaction times, not first reactions? Is it possible that human hackers can become even more dangerous? Just by being human. The digital infrastructure that we are busy building, and on which we rely to an enormous degree, […]

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How many drones does it take to empty a football stadium?

How many drones does it take to empty a football stadium?

Written by on March 1, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

In the latest revelation from Snap, ahead of its IPO, as a ‘camera company’ comes news that it has been working on drones. It takes a moment for the mind to go from ‘the app that makes your pictures disappear’ to cameras in the sky, but only a moment. Then you tend to go from […]

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The Innovation Game is live in Barcelona, some surprising winners

The Innovation Game is live in Barcelona, some surprising winners

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is not yet half time in Barcelona. Fatigue is already showing on several players’ faces, but we must accept that the race for innovation is about pace, timing and execution. Early leaders are emerging, and for this judge anyway, they are coming from the operator community, and looking in pretty good shape. Telefonica has […]

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At MWC, Telefonica gives a boost to privacy advocates

At MWC, Telefonica gives a boost to privacy advocates

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

We have been saying for a couple of years now that privacy leads to trust and trust is an important asset for operators. Be the ones who give control of data back to customers and that is a very brave and effective differentiator. Telefonica has announced it will be doing just that. Dubbed the ‘fourth platform’ […]

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