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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

Microservices Architectures Can Help TSPs to Establish an Early Mover Advantage in Digital Business

by Martina Kurth  |  January 23, 2019

Microservices design and deployment patterns have gained prominence in the TSP industry to boost business agility and operational efficiency in the light of evolving digital environments. The term “microservices architecture” (MSA) stems from the IT applications architecture world. MSA is a composite of the various types of application infrastructure technologies used to build, deploy, run […]

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Network Slicing Becomes a 5G Revenue Enabler Pending Operational and Business Support

by Martina Kurth  |  November 27, 2018

As TSPs worldwide trial and deploy 5G, they have to tackle value creation, in conjunction with the operational and monetization complexity, that this new technology brings. The proliferation of 5G not only promises massive bandwidth, higher data rates and reduced end-to-end latency, but also the facilitation of new multi-faceted, disruptive digital business models, such as […]

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5G digital value incubation hinges on shifting operating and monetization paradigm

by Martina Kurth  |  October 2, 2018

The proliferation of new technologies such as cloud PaaS/SaaS, NFV and SDN datacenter are triggering major CSP operational and monetization infrastructure investments, such as OSS orchestration, hybrid service modelling and real-time charging. Thus far, initiatives reside in discrete areas and transformation occurs incrementally. The arrival of 5G infrastructure will trigger more fundamental overhaul of CSPs´ […]

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CSPs Need to Master Technology Talent Management Challenges to Achieve Digital Dexterity

by Martina Kurth  |  August 6, 2018

Network-based CSPs around the world, such as AT&T, Telefonica, Vodafone and DT have embarked upon primarily technology-centric initiatives to manage the shift toward becoming a Digital Service Provider (DSP). However, such digital technology transformations often lack organizational and change management leadership, tackling intrinsic skill set, behavioral and cultural implications that underpin the core of digital […]

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More Than a Buzzword — Microservices-Driven OSS/BSS Architectures

by Martina Kurth  |  April 13, 2018

Operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS) architectures based on microservices will change how CSP technology leaders expedite incremental, evolutionary investments in cloud-native and DevOps-enabled microservices design and deployments, to participate in digital value chains. The term “microservices” stems from the IT application architecture world. The microservice architecture allows for more effective customization, […]

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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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