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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Google moves in the payments game

Google moves in the payments game

Written by on January 22, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

While the focus has been firmly on Apple and the expectation is that it has the upper hand in the payments world, do not write off other players. The latest twist is rumoured to be coming from Google, as they apparently want to get hold of Softcard, the company formerly known as ISIS (rhymes with […]

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Anti social Facebook is double dipping

Anti social Facebook is double dipping

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

Facebook is becoming, like, hugely uncool amongst teenagers. After all, who would post something on a site where their parents post photos of their pets and parties? Teenagers have gone elsewhere. This we knew. What is perhaps less widely known is that Facebook is essentially charging advertisers twice to reach their audience. If you as a company […]

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In mobile – Intel is outside

In mobile – Intel is outside

Written by on January 19, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

On the face of it, it would seem quite difficult for an industry giant to lose money in a fast growing market that generated $3.3 trillion in 2014. But Intel managed it. The ‘mobile technologies’ industry generated that much, according to Boston Consulting Group. Meanwhile, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group lost over $1 billion a quarter […]

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IoT – the Regulator cometh

IoT – the Regulator cometh

Written by on January 16, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As the hype around IoT and IoST heats up and the whole arena motors up Gartner’s hype cycle of massive expectations, a couple of barriers loom on the horizon. One is regulation and the other is data privacy. The gang at Machina Research cover the area in trench-like depth, but it is worth summarising some […]

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Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Written by on January 15, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

How many passwords do you have? It seems that the answer to this question is either ‘one’ or ‘I don’t know, too many.’ The problem, of course, is that we need to be vigilant and up to date. And somehow remember dozens of login details. You have to wonder how many people a day click […]

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Customers paying bills via mobile

Customers paying bills via mobile

Written by on January 13, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

When we focus on mobile we tend to lean towards payments – and rightly so, since NFC based payments will be worth $130 billion by 2020, according to Strategy Analytics. But a survey conducted by Fiserv towards the end of 2014 shows that more households are paying regular bills via their mobile device. The trend […]

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What is communications anyway?

What is communications anyway?

Written by on January 12, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Facebook is fast becoming YouTube’s main competitor. The number of video posts showing up in users’ timelines is up 360 percent since this time last year. This is interesting but is already causing unforeseen problems. Operators, already hurting from OTT players driving more and more data over their networks, are being squeezed even further. Some […]

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Transformation – time is the enemy

Transformation – time is the enemy

Written by on January 9, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Last week saw Apple bill around $500 million through its App Store. Last year, the App Store generated $10 billion for developers. The billing process is probably the simplest and slickest in the industry. Based on a utility system, it is about brute strength rather than elegance – something that Apple normally rather prides itself on. […]

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IoT’s hype cycle

IoT’s hype cycle

Written by on January 6, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The usual (or unusual) array of weird and wonderful products are being touted in Las Vegas, at the annual CES show. Cars that park themselves, plants that look after themselves, robots that are cool just because they are tiny, nothing is not possible. Almost everywhere the Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging and evolving. While […]

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Finally! This year will be the Year of Mobile Payments

Finally! This year will be the Year of Mobile Payments

Written by on January 5, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

For the last few years we have been asking whether 201x is the ‘year of mobile payments.’ Until last year, we basically said no. Last year, once we finally believed that Apple was on the point of actually launching something game changing, we changed our minds. Asking the same question now, at the beginning of 2015, […]

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