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Martina Kurth
Research Director
9 years at Gartner
19 years IT Industry

Martina Kurth is a Research Director within CSP Technology advising CSPs, CTOs and CIOs worldwide on prevailing transformation and sourcing initiatives in the area of OSS/BSS and SDP. Her research also encompasses telco-specific CPQ, catalog, and order management systems and processes spanning CSPs' entire operational lead-to-install process. Read Full Bio

Telco Cloud and 5G Evolution Require Paradigm Change of Telco Suppliers

by Martina Kurth  |  January 17, 2018

CSPs worldwide have embarked upon a journey toward a new digital operating infrastructure due to the need for service development agility, deployment and service design flexibility and unprecedented scalability. However, traditional CSPs will require a shift from traditional network-based to software driven and cloud-service based delivery to successfully transform toward truly digital Service Providers. Traditional […]

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Unified Cloud Strategies Lay the Foundation to Scale Digital Business in Telco

by Martina Kurth  |  December 18, 2017

CSPs worldwide have embarked upon a journey toward a new digital operating infrastructure, which is software driven and cloud-service delivery based. However, during this digital technology transformation they will face profound challenges to master the shift from traditional Telco network-based to cloud-based service delivery across several functional and technical domains. CSPs are embarking upon an […]

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Which SDN/NFV Revenue Streams Will Cause Disruption in the CSP Market?

by Martina Kurth  |  August 15, 2017

SDN/NFV will change the DNA of CSPs in terms of flexibility to create and deliver cloud-based services to clients, where, when and how they need it – similar to the on-demand, usage-based service models of over-the-top players like Amazon. However, the initially technical focused question about unlocking the SDN/NFV potential is now shifting toward the […]

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Ericsson to overhaul strategic business decisions amid digital infrastructure marketplace changes

by Martina Kurth  |  April 25, 2017

The CSP infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift toward software-driven and cloud-based service delivery infrastructures to cater to evolving digital market needs. This evolution is disruptive for traditional suppliers. Today Ericsson reported an operating loss of $ 1.4 billion as well as a decrease in sales by -11% YoY. Ericsson’s challenges are more than […]

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Timing will Make or Break the Success of CSPs in SDN/NFV

by Martina Kurth  |  March 20, 2017

The proliferation of SDN/NFV will change the DNA of CSPs. As CSPs move away from traditional network to cloud-based service delivery operations, this will fundamentally change the way they create, design and deliver services. Changes will cut across technology, operations, business strategy and organization as well as supplier and partnership models. Early adopter CSPs, such […]

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Telco Digitalization Starts with Agile Customer-Facing IT Spanning End-to-End Operations

by Martina Kurth  |  September 6, 2016

In the digital world, CSPs face mounting pressure to enable and deliver new and more complex multifaceted business models. CSPs have to overhaul their IT to successfully manage the shift from traditional CSP to digital service provider (DSP) that is running and managing its own digital infrastructure. Currently, we see two major CSP focus areas […]

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Agile Operationalization Beyond Technology Underpins CSPs’ SDN/NFV Journey

by Martina Kurth  |  July 4, 2016

The arrival of software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) will disrupt Communications Service Providers’ CIOs’ and CTOs’ current operational routines significantly. The shift from traditional siloed Telco network and IT into one virtualized digital infrastructure needs to be accompanied by agile service creation and delivery processes to succeed. The current organizational silo network […]

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Ericsson-Cisco Strategic Partnerships-Implications for CSPs in the SDN/NFV area

by Martina Kurth  |  November 20, 2015

On November 9th, 2015, Ericsson and Cisco announced a Global Strategic Partnership to provide end-to-end CSP product and service offerings to accelerate digital transformation amid a rapidly shifting telecom market and rising competition from Huawei, Nokia and others for emerging 5G, cloud and IoT markets. The partnership, which comprises a joint SDN/NFV strategy, makes sense. Both players have strong […]

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by Martina Kurth  |  October 22, 2015

This year’s SDN & Openflow World Congress took place in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 12-16, 2015. The event is one of the premier venues to bring together CSP and vendor attendees worldwide. The congress attracted early movers, thought leaders and innovators to share best practices and pragmatic implementation approaches that speed up deployments of SDN […]

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CSPs Require Innovation of Their OSS Architecture to Secure the Success of SDN and NFV

by Martina Kurth  |  September 8, 2015

SDN and NFV will not be implemented overnight. In the next five years, we will see many new hybrid operational models emerging. The arrival of NFV and SDN will be particularly disruptive to Telco CSPs’ existing Operations Support Systems (OSS) architectures. Hybrid physical and virtual infrastructures require close interaction with support system software functionality in […]

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