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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At MWC, Telefonica gives a boost to privacy advocates

At MWC, Telefonica gives a boost to privacy advocates

Written by on February 27, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

We have been saying for a couple of years now that privacy leads to trust and trust is an important asset for operators. Be the ones who give control of data back to customers and that is a very brave and effective differentiator. Telefonica has announced it will be doing just that. Dubbed the ‘fourth platform’ […]

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Is the fear of hackers worse than the threat?

Is the fear of hackers worse than the threat?

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’. So said Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural address. Or was it Batman? In this age of hackers and constant cyber attack, this might be a sensible attitude to adopt. We can be reasonably certain that we have been hacked at some point in the past few […]

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Niall Norton, fact, fiction, MWC – and strangers dancing in the dark

Niall Norton, fact, fiction, MWC – and strangers dancing in the dark

Written by on February 23, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 1 Comment

Catching up with Openet CEO, Niall Norton (NN) is always a thought provoking half hour, but it turned out we were six months late for this particular rendez-vous. However, rendez-vous we did, just ahead of the MWC in Barcelona. Our mission: to sort the fact from the hype. DisruptiveViews (DV): Niall, good to talk to […]

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The way to make stories and experiences interactive is to think paper

The way to make stories and experiences interactive is to think paper

Written by on February 22, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As we try and make devices and experiences more and more interactive, richer and instant, we should probably understand that we have failed, before we go much further. ‘The most interactive device, ever, is a book’. So said a conference speaker, years ago, when we were first seduced by interactive technology. Asked why, he said ‘because […]

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Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is inevitable, ahead of MWC, that there is a flurry of announcements and activity. From 5G to payments, from AR to security, the place is awash. The Internet of Things is no exception, and IBM has done more than most to bang the drum (toot its horn and blow its trumpet). The company sees pretty much […]

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Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing […]

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PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The world of digital – particularly mobile – payments is fast-moving and complex. And unlikely to get simpler any time soon. The question for players that are not called Apple, Samsung or Wal-Mart is ‘how do you keep up, how do you differentiate yourself?’ The answer, for PayPal at least, is to extend the functionality […]

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What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

Written by on February 17, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for wondering why Her Majesty the Queen would be interested in hoovers. It is not easy to visualise our monarch wielding the Dyson (although she most certainly does). Actually, the answer in this case is to do with security. The Queen recently opened the National Cyber Security Centre, a public/private initiative […]

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The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Some years ago a mother was explaining to a five year old daughter why Daddy had to go away during the week. “He has to go to get money,” said the mother. After a pause, the five year old said, “but why can’t Daddy go to the hole in the wall like everyone else”. At […]

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Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With the bizarre terms surrounding the Snap IPO, the focus this week seems to be firmly back on social media. To be frank, you have to wonder whether there is a grand plan behind some of the trends, directions and announcements coming out of social media companies or whether they are beginning to flail around for […]

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