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 BSS, the trend is constant – and good

In BSS, the trend is constant – and good

Written by on April 8, 2015 in BillingViews, Features with 0 Comments

Although you would be forgiven for thinking that the 2,000 plus respondents to the annual telecoms.com survey were confused about some things, in the BSS section there was a refreshing consistency. And, with only 23 percent of the sample either unlikely or very unlikely to invest in BSS this year, things are looking rosy for […]

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When comms fail and people die, who is to blame?

When comms fail and people die, who is to blame?

Written by on April 8, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

This tragic story of an elderly lady dying partly because her phone was disconnected will make you react in one of several ways. If you do not like Vodafone, then you will blame them for a lack of care. The same, though, could be said of the family. You might just feel sad. Whatever your […]

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Poulos at Large in Cerillion Tapas Bar – Part 2

Written by on April 3, 2015 in Features with 1 Comment

Continuing from where he left off in Part 1, in this conclusion to the Tony Poulos ‘soapbox’ pitch at the Cerillion Tapas Bar in Barcelona, he turns his attention to: Smart Cities; Wearable Devices; Selfies; …and 5G. …with a good dose of audience participation thrown in for good measure!

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In the mobile money arena giants jockey for position

In the mobile money arena giants jockey for position

Written by on April 2, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

In the next four years the ‘mobile money’ market is predicted to grow at an annual growth rate of 44.6 percent. This will take its value from $12.34 billion last year to $78 billion and change in 2019. This is according to a new report. Given this target it is hardly surprising that the largest […]

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Operators baffled by new technology

Operators baffled by new technology

Written by on April 1, 2015 in Opinion with 1 Comment

We love surveys at DisruptiveViews. There are the ones that present a well thought through business case for investment in IT, which will result in significant opex savings. There are the ones that put a value on a big opportunity and present ways of grabbing it. Then there are the ones that contradict themselves. Or […]

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The Regulator Cometh

The Regulator Cometh

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

We are now convinced that the world of business is a networked puddle of arenas where companies that used to be locked into unforgiving concrete ‘industries’ now play. With this comes the fear that those unforgiving concrete industries are about to be torn apart and thrown into the uncertain puddle. Enter the Regulator to slow things […]

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How long must we suffer bill shock

How long must we suffer bill shock

Written by on March 23, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

We really should be beyond bill shock. And yet stories like this appear that make us hold our heads in our hands. Indeed the BillingViews team sympathise to such an extent, the head actually hurts. Getting a bill for £15,000 with no explanation and a request for payment is not acceptable. A £15,000 bill will […]

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Poulos at Large in Cerillion Tapas Bar – Part 1

Written by on March 20, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

The dust has settled on another MWC and we’ve all seen the formal reviews of the major trends and themes to come out of the show. So here’s a different take on the week, as delivered by industry pundit and DisruptiveViews managing editor, Tony Poulos, in the Cerillion Tapas Bar on the Tuesday night. Never […]

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What would you buy with your phone?

What would you buy with your phone?

Written by on March 19, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Without doubt our attitude is changing towards mobile payments. The question is how far and how fast would we go. Would we, for instance, buy a pink fluffy sofa with a mobile device? When the idea of mobile phones becoming payments mechanisms was still an idea, there was a memorable advert outside the Palais de Congres […]

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Operators, everyone: think arenas not industries

Operators, everyone: think arenas not industries

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Several months ago I found myself in Istanbul. This, I hasten to add, was intentional. My madness does not stretch to random trips to random places – yet. This trip was for the annual Subex User Group. The keynote speaker was Futurist Gerd Leonhard and one of his themes was the emergence of arenas. I […]

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