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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OTT collaboration – bundling coming of age or a new way of thinking?

OTT collaboration – bundling coming of age or a new way of thinking?

Written by on June 4, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

 A recent and well researched project from Telecoms.com focused on the impetus that is driving partnerships between operators and OTT players. Part of the research pointed to a feeling that both camps are having a reality check. Many involved on both sides are beginning to see difficulties – and 38 percent in each camp believe there is […]

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Shared data – opening the door to a range of new services

Shared data – opening the door to a range of new services

Written by on June 3, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Shared data is probably the most popular topic in the communications world at the moment. A&T, Verizon and many others across the world have launched shared data plans, and are increasing revenues as a result. The benefits are clear and well illustrated by this eBook from real-time specialist Openet. As usual in our industry the […]

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Billing – and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Billing – and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Written by on June 2, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Long ago, during a discussion about making processes more efficient a lady from BT came up with a comment that still lives on. “If you want to make a process shorter and more efficient, find the laziest person you can and give them the job.” They are, after all, always trying to cut corners. This […]

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Shared data provides an edge – why not add your car?

Shared data provides an edge – why not add your car?

Written by on May 21, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Shared data plans are one of the crucial areas for operators. It seems to be where the innovation and competition is happening. The evidence is strong but mainly circumstantial. Which is why the new paper from real-time specialist Openet makes a timely read. The first thing that catches the eye is the financial evidence from […]

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The machines are taking over and communications holds the key – in a good way.

The machines are taking over and communications holds the key – in a good way.

Written by on May 19, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

In the communications industry we tend to look at life from the inside out. We look at the Over the Top (OTT) players invading our territory and consider them enemies until we consider how to ally with them to add value and make money. We look at the television and feel slightly proud that the […]

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Is that the sound of silos crumbling, or the whole structure collapsing?

Is that the sound of silos crumbling, or the whole structure collapsing?

Written by on May 15, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

For many years, we have been rude about – or laughed about – the relationship between Engineering and IT. For many it was absurd to think they worked for the same company. The battles were bitter and turf was defended aggressively. This is still the case. If you ask an engineer or an IT operative […]

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Location, location, location – but where am I?

Location, location, location – but where am I?

Written by on May 9, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Recently we were less than rapturous about the fate of location based advertising. Berg Insight predicted that by 2018 location based marketing and advertising would reach € 10.7 billion globally. We were not rude about this figure because we think Berg Insight is not good at their job. They are. It is that the things […]

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Vodacom implements WeDo Technologies’ Business Assurance solution

Vodacom implements WeDo Technologies’ Business Assurance solution

Written by on May 8, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

WeDo Technologies today announced that it has finished the implementation of its RAID 7 Revenue Assurance software in Vodacom, South Africa.  With this implementation, Vodacom will be able to improve its revenue assurance maturity by using the tool to monitor and audit the provisioning and network service usage business processes. Vodacom will be able to take […]

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Vivacom Selects NetCracker’s Real-time Transaction Platform to Monetize Quad-Play Services

Vivacom Selects NetCracker’s Real-time Transaction Platform to Monetize Quad-Play Services

Written by on May 8, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

NetCracker Technology announced today that Vivacom, Bulgaria’s leading quad-play service provider, has agreed to upgrade to its  real-time, converged BSS platform , including a five-year extension and professional services agreement. As a result of this upgrade, Vivacom will enable real-time transaction capabilities for its mobile, fixed-line, broadband and pay-TV services, all from a single platform. […]

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Google Glass gets a Wallet, we get the Giggles

Google Glass gets a Wallet, we get the Giggles

Written by on May 8, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

The recent headlines that Google Wallet is apparently coming to Google Glass pushed the BillingViews’ brain cell into overdrive. Oh, the witty headline, the bon mot, the double entendre! The world, we felt, was our oyster (avoid cliches, like the plague – ed). Amongst the slightly daft scenarios drafted by journalists following Google’s every move are a […]

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