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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The rise and fall (and rise) of the mobile wallet

The rise and fall (and rise) of the mobile wallet

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Amongst the general hype and disruption of new, cool technologies, the mobile wallet is quietly taking off, in a big way, according to a survey by Capital One. In fact, according to the survey, ahead of the Holiday Season, almost half of mobile wallet users plan to make a purchase with it in the run […]

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AI might be perfect for tedious detective work

AI might be perfect for tedious detective work

Written by on December 1, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

AI is crawling into almost every part of our lives. We are trying to harness it to ‘augment our lives and capabilities’ while running the risk that AI will supplant our capabilities and ruin our lives. A new example of the power of AI has been announced. AI powered neural networks, at Shanghai Jiao Tong […]

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Will 2017 be the year of the MVNO – or was that last year?

Will 2017 be the year of the MVNO – or was that last year?

Written by on November 30, 2016 in Opinion with 1 Comment

We have been discussing the increasing potential of the MVNO for many years now. Our most popular article of all time is one written almost four years ago entitled ‘five things that make operating an MVNO tough to do’, (except in those days we put Every Word in Capitals). The development of the MVNO market has […]

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Damned with faint praise – “Facebook is for old people”

Damned with faint praise – “Facebook is for old people”

Written by on November 29, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

“Facebook is part of our social media strategy, but only to keep the old people happy”. Thus spake a marketing executive at an initial meeting for an important consumer launch. Almost as soon as the now ‘established’ social media site announced it was going public we began to fear the worst. The obvious first conclusion […]

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What should operators do about double standards in the privacy debate?

What should operators do about double standards in the privacy debate?

Written by on November 25, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Privacy is becoming one of the most important issues of our time. So far companies like Facebook and Google have got away with using ‘customer’ data to make money from their real customers, the advertisers. Soon, though, this tide will turn. If these companies believe for a second that the next generation of customer will […]

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Are we now going from global to (hyper, augmented) local reality?

Are we now going from global to (hyper, augmented) local reality?

Written by on November 24, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Marcus Weldon said an interesting thing at the Great Telco Debate the other day. Actually he said several interesting things. As President of Bell Labs, you would expect nothing less and he didn’t disappoint. This particular interesting thing was about becoming local. And latency. You may think that latency is not a particularly interesting thing, […]

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Are humans actually stopping the potential of technology?

Are humans actually stopping the potential of technology?

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

We live in the most frustrating of times. Technology is changing the way we live in almost every way. At least, potentially. The technology, in many cases, is proven but the service it enables is probably still years from public availability. Take autonomous cars – actually any vehicle – where the technology has proven that computer sensors […]

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Can we trust software (let alone humans) to manage fake news?

Can we trust software (let alone humans) to manage fake news?

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

Fake news is big news at the moment. Presumably if D. Trump esq had lost the US election, he would have made it bigger. Whether or not Facebook’s fake news issue swung or influenced the result, the whole fake news fiasco brings a dose of real life to another very current issue. Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. The […]

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We have to ignore technology to get value out of the IoT (and, um, technology)

We have to ignore technology to get value out of the IoT (and, um, technology)

Written by on November 18, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

“Calling something the IoT, the ‘Internet of Things,’ simply means you haven’t found the value in it”. So said Mark Gregory, senior economist with EY, at the recent Great Telco Debate. Others, including Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs, echoed the sentiment. Indeed, as Weldon says of the state of the telecoms industry, “we are […]

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To tune your TV offerings, you need big data

To tune your TV offerings, you need big data

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

While linear TV is dying, other forms of TV are thriving. The good thing – and the bad thing – is that TV seems to be a) coming at you from everywhere and b) comes in many different varieties. According to a new paper from real-time specialist Openet, this creates some serious challenges for services […]

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