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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It All Comes Back to Billing

Written by on February 8, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

There has been a spate of articles recently reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ of billing. In most of them we spend some time patting ourselves on the back about how visionary we were, but actually, if you look at real history – and someone found this on the web, which was published in 2003, […]

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The Human, Big Data Interface

The Human, Big Data Interface

Written by on February 7, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

There was one set of conclusions that came out of last week’s Big Data Summit, such as big data is big (but often thin), that eBay doesn’t need any data from telcos, it has enough to be going on with and that trust and privacy issues are probably the Achilles heel of using big data to […]

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Big Data Hits the Heights of Hype – now Faces the Ravine of Reality

Big Data Hits the Heights of Hype – now Faces the Ravine of Reality

Written by on February 5, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Last week in Amsterdam, the TM Forum’s Big Data summit caused a few old (by which I mean experienced) telecoms professionals to change their minds on the subject. The consensus is that it is at the top of the hype cycle and about to plunge into the ravine of reality. And that – to me anyway […]

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A price war will wound everyone

Written by on February 1, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Ever since Iliad’s Free Mobile pulled the rug from underneath their competitors by offering unlimited voice, messaging and 3GB of data for 20 euros, we have been waiting for the response. France’s number two operator, SFR, has now dropped its prices by 10 euros, according to Telecom TV. This is about as low as they […]

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Mobile Advertising – Success is a Balancing Act

Written by on January 22, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Predictions about the growth of mobile advertising flow like cheap champagne at a wedding. Yet amid the bubbles and laughter and occasional falling over there is a serious threat to its success. The threat comes in two forms – one in the form of ad-blockers, the other in the form of customers opting out. They […]

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Companies are Becoming Social Networks – Support That!

Written by on January 17, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

It is becoming the norm, and rapidly so, to use our own devices at work (the much hyped BYOD phenomenon). It makes sense, it makes us more productive and it makes work ever so slightly more fun. It also helps us to ditch the change of personality that affects us as we walk through the […]

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This is Not the Year of Mobile Payments

Written by on January 11, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Looking back through the payments predictions for this year I had an ‘Oh No, here we go again’ moment. This is the year of mobile payments, ‘they’ say, or ‘this is the year of mobile wallets’ and even ‘this is the year that Apple finally put NFC into an iPhone’. I do not think so […]

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Addressing Big Data? Start Small

Written by on January 7, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

No-one would get a prize for predicting that this year will be ‘the year of Big Data’, in fact, if you did you might find yourself with a wooden spoon instead. Big Data is going to big in Big Government, Big Data is going to be big in M2M, Big Data is going to be […]

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NFC to Take a Back Seat?

Written by on January 3, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

In the happy holiday turmoil you might have missed PayPal President, David Marcus’ blog in which he predicts that the “NFC payments debate will slowly die in 2013.” “Is tapping a phone on a terminal any easier than swiping a credit card?” he asks. You might think that we would agree wholeheartedly. NFC has been […]

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The Operator fight back – Billing Systems at Dawn?

Written by on December 20, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

With capex in danger of overtaking mobile service revenues, operators are, not surprisingly, worried, says research house Infonetics. According to analyst Stephane Teral, service revenues are moving away from the operators to OTT players. Mobile broadband will overtake voice contracts by 2015, now just two years and a few days away. While this might plunge […]

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