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.

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In 2017 new rules could pose a serious threat to the largest internet giants

In 2017 new rules could pose a serious threat to the largest internet giants

Written by on January 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With our esteemed colleague John Tanner going against the direction of play and predicting 2017 will be the year of an AI backlash, you have to stop and think. And we stopped, and what we thought was that 2017 is likely to be a year of quiet reflection, sober planning and possibly immense pain. The […]

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Why has everyone gone quiet on Carrier Billing? It should be huge

Why has everyone gone quiet on Carrier Billing? It should be huge

Written by on January 10, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

With Juniper Research putting the ‘cost’ to mobile operators from OTT messaging in 2017 at $104 billion, the search for quick new revenue streams must surely intensify. With revenue models from IoT, 5G, VR, AI and ‘Who Knows What’ still crystallising, there is one immediate opportunity that seems to be slipping through operators’ fingers. Carrier […]

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CES, the New Year, toys, hype and real life

CES, the New Year, toys, hype and real life

Written by on January 5, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

CES always brings in the New Year and always seems to be full of enthusiasm and hype. Perhaps every New Year would be the same, even without CES. From the initial reports from CES this year, the enthusiasm and hype are definitely still there. We have the now usual range of AI devices, which are meant […]

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Here’s to a disruptive 2017, but first – a bit of a rest

Here’s to a disruptive 2017, but first – a bit of a rest

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Opinion with 2 Comments

It would be true to say that 2016 has been properly disruptive. From the surprise of Brexit to the rise of Trump, who will be President in under a month, no-one can deny that change is blowing us around like leaves. The digital world has been no less disruptive. From fintech, to the rise of […]

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Round up of tech predictions for 2017 – operators in the digital world

Round up of tech predictions for 2017 – operators in the digital world

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As we prepare to slide, or leap, into 2017, the customary predictions for the ‘big things’ in 2017 are coming in thick and fast. Some, in cyber security, we have already covered. Reuters, for instance, believes that the holiday season will see sales of virtual assistants far outstrip virtual reality devices. Indeed, guest writer Richard Windsor […]

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Facebook revenue up again, another tale from the advertising wars

Facebook revenue up again, another tale from the advertising wars

Written by on December 22, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When news comes in that Facebook’s revenues are up – again – it is surely harsh and unfair to do anything except applaud. When news comes in that Facebook’s revenues are up – again – because they have beaten the ad blockers it is, surely, neither harsh nor unfair not to. It also poses a serious […]

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With autonomous cars, it seems the standards making world is innovating too

With autonomous cars, it seems the standards making world is innovating too

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Recent predictions by Juniper Research included one that said 2017 will be the year that autonomous car legislation commences. It seems that, here at the end of 2016, it is already underway. Apple recently wrote a letter to the NHTSA in the US, urging ‘better testing and development environments’ for non autonomous car makers. In […]

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Forget traditional big data analytics, welcome to swarm intelligence

Forget traditional big data analytics, welcome to swarm intelligence

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Opinion with 1 Comment

More and more we seem to be turning to nature for our technological inspiration. From robots that can leap like a lemur to the behaviour of swarms of animals, we see it, recognise the benefits and build it better. Take swarm intelligence. Earlier this year, just 75 randomly selected people accurately predicted that Donald Trump would […]

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Juniper predicts eSports will be big in 2017, whatever that is

Juniper predicts eSports will be big in 2017, whatever that is

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When the top prediction for 2017 involves something you have never even heard of you have to start worrying about age, mental health, that kind of thing. eSports, it turns out, will be huge next year. eSports, for anyone like us who has been asleep for the last year or two, is ‘the competitive playing […]

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Now you can use VR to taste food, whatever next?

Now you can use VR to taste food, whatever next?

Written by on December 7, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When you read that virtual reality – VR – can allow you to taste and chew without physically eating things, you inevitably come to one definitive solution. That we are going to have as much fun with VR as we have with the Internet of Silly Things (IoST). Apparently, the University of Tokyo has managed to […]

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