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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Cunning Sigfox emerges as IoT network of choice

Cunning Sigfox emerges as IoT network of choice

Written by on July 28, 2015 in Opinion with 2 Comments

At our end of the industry, we tend to concentrate on the ‘back office’ systems and processes that, in reality, are the customer facing ones. We have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about business models that will allow operators to add value, and therefore see a return on investment, in a range of […]

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One year on – is internet.org a success?

One year on – is internet.org a success?

Written by on July 27, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

A Facebook press release out today is upbeat about the success of its internet.org programme in Africa but, as usual, it seems it is our role to ask the tricky questions. At first glance, it certainly seems to be doing what Facebook wanted it to do. And seems to be a win-win with mobile operators in […]

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A revolution in retail and the end of loyalty cards

A revolution in retail and the end of loyalty cards

Written by on July 27, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

We may think that the communications industry is suffering from the greatest disruption in its history. And we would be right. We may look at banking, where disruption is almost as great. Most 18-24 years have never been into a branch, and why would they, they would say. Spare a thought, though, for an industry […]

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TalkRA morphs into CommsRisk

TalkRA morphs into CommsRisk

Written by on July 24, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

We recently heard that revenue assurance (RA) website TalkRA was being retired and we took the opportunity to talk to publisher Eric Priezkalns about that – and much more. It turns out that, like DisruptiveViews itself, the change is more of an upgrade than a change of direction. “It is an upgrade in scope and […]

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Innovation committee – an oxymoron for our times

Innovation committee – an oxymoron for our times

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

A couple of very interesting points came out of our discussion with Openet CEO, Niall Norton last week. One was confirmation, if confirmation was needed, that in operators there is a historical downward pressure on innovation. The goal was always to run a ‘safe network.’ Now, of course, a safe network is table stakes, and […]

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Patents, social buying and creepy credit

Patents, social buying and creepy credit

Written by on July 22, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The US is the heaven where Patent Lawyers long to go. Patents are stamped out on an industrial scale. Consultants and (some fairly determined) journalists spend large parts of their lives watching for interesting patents that may make some impact on the communications world. They keep a particular eye on patents with Apple’s name on […]

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Lies, damned lies and the success of the IoT

Lies, damned lies and the success of the IoT

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With the growing hype around almost everything at the moment, it is with sadness that DisruptiveViews feels it must dust off the ‘cynical hat’ for a moment. Apparently WiFi will be (almost) everywhere – and soon. Apparently connected cars will be ready to roll – soon – and apparently operators will be ready to monetise the […]

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Net neutrality – it’s a kind of madness

Net neutrality – it’s a kind of madness

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Opinion with 1 Comment

It is quite hard to get your head around net neutrality and the thinking behind it. For years, we have been figuring out ways for operators to innovate, with products, Quality of Service and pricing. The need became acute when the digital service providers like Google, Facebook and Netflix starting eating operators’ lunch and looking […]

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The dangers of plummeting cost

The dangers of plummeting cost

Written by on July 15, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

There is one thing that we tend to leave out of discussions about innovation – and disruption – and that is cost. For far too long now we have talked about location based, real-time services (the first discussions were in 1998) and they are now here. There are, of course, issues that we did not […]

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Privacy – another journey into the unknown?

Privacy – another journey into the unknown?

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The thing about progress is that you really cannot stop it. Someone invents something, someone subverts it, finally we live with it or embrace it. Examples are everywhere. We split the atom and after that cycle of subversion and acceptance, it powers spacecraft to Pluto (and beyond) and helps power our planet. We decoded DNA […]

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