Lightstorm is building state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to connect emerging economies to the rest of the world. Lightstorm is working with the vision to build a fiber-based carrier-neutral platform across emerging Asian economies,starting with India, followed by Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal, among others.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive surge in demand for quality internet in South Asia and South East Asia. To put this in perspective, the number of online shoppers in South East Asia will touch 380 million by 2026. The region is on the path to becoming a $1 trillion digital economy by 2030, propelled by a fast-growing base of digital consumers, acceleration in ecommerce, and food delivery. The networks are not built for this kind of demand. The lack of quality communications infrastructure is hampering the growth of digital economy in the region. Lightstorm is resolving these issues by building a first-of-its-kind digital infrastructure fiber platform focused on resolving the interconnection gap prevalent in Datacenter, Cloud, and Internet infrastructure connectivity in several emerging markets in the South East Asia region. It is also working to boost the submarine cable landing ecosystem in India by bringing new subsea cables to the country.
In the Middle East, it is working with several telecom providers to support global hyperscalers and digital enterprises by providing best-in-class connectivity solutions to help them expand in the region. Lightstorm is part of I-Squared Capital’s vision of building a global fabric of state-of-the-art digital infrastructure. Along with EXA Infrastructure and BDx, I-Squared wants to build a global network of terrestrial and subsea fiber networks for the cloud economy.