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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Mobile Payments – Taking Stock (Part 1)

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Mobile payments is at a tipping point. Like NFC, it seems that the whole eco-system is at the Peak of Gartner’s Inflated Expectations. The big players seem to be stalling – ISIS is basically a ‘no-show’ at CTIAand have circled the wagons. No-one has fully committed and each of the big players are launching their own solutions, Mastercard has […]

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The Next Big Thing? SMS

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Intellectually, carriers understand that the likes of Google, Facebook and Expedia need them. Intellectually, carriers understand that carrier billing is intuitive and straight forward and something that needs to be grabbed and owned. If carriers grab and own carrier billing they will be the smart platform in the centre of a smarter, simpler world. However, it is […]

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Apple looks at NFC as a Gift

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

According to Reuters the place to watch is the nexus of social media, gifting and mobile. This nexus interests Reid Hoffman, a cofounder of LinkedIn and a partner at Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Greylock Partners enough to provide start up Wrapp, just one social gifting company, with around $10 million. As well as being the point where […]

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Network Planning Software on the Increase

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 64 commercial LTE networks have been launched and there are another 312 operators making the investment now. As first reports of the how customers use LTE and how much if affects their behavior it is interesting that network planning software is another area for investment. According to research house Analysys Mason tells us that […]

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BillShock slowing Data Consumption?

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

It is ironic but the one issue that is dominating discussions in operators’ meeting rooms is also providing relief from another. It is true that mobile data usage has doubled in the past 18 months but it is also true that most customers in the UK pay for more than they actually use. So says BillMonitor. […]

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Cars will go a Roaming

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Once you start putting SIM cards in cars you are going to start to roam. Not only will M2M roaming produce almost as many puns as the cloud does, but it too will require serious consideration by many different parties. The most obvious ‘roaming’ issue is when a car, for instance, is made in one country and […]

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Give a Thief a Wallet….

Give a Thief a Wallet….

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

A thought-provoking article in Forbes caught my eye. It looked at the security of the cloud from a different perspective and is about the dangers of centralizing data. Essentially the thinking is this: if someone steals your wallet – whether physical or digital – the guy remains a thief. If a guy can steal hundreds, thousands […]

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Personalise – don’t Target – advertising

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As tablets become ubiquitous, which they will, customers will expect to use them for everything. From shopping, to exploring, to booking, paying and watching, the world will revolve around our tablets. The most compelling, focus pulling content is video. Video will also become the de-facto form of communication. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, […]

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There is a Recovery going on

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

According to research house Ovum, revenues and capex rose last year as the recovery in telecoms continued. Service provider revenues went beyond $1.91 trillion, compared to $1.79 trillion in 2010, and capex increased although uncertainty towards the end of the year put a damper on the growth. “Economic worries caused budget cuts late in the year, […]

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Billing is the Target for Trojans

Written by on May 16, 2012 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

In recent weeks, Microsoft, in conjunction with law enforcement operatives and banks managed to disrupt a Zeus Trojan that was stealing financial information – around $100 million or so. The problem with Zeus like bugs, even if you think you have taken out the command and control structure that controls the communications channel between the target and […]

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