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Lightstorm announced the expansion of its global footprint by starting operations in the Middle East. Lightstorm will make a multi-million-dollar investment in the region to expand its presence and to strengthen its digital infrastructure there.

Lightstorm has also signed collaboration agreements with several key players in the region, including Kalaam and Gulf Data Hub (GDH), to provide state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to enterprises in the region. 

Economic reforms, coupled with favorable government policies, have helped UAE emerge as a destination for digital businesses. Lightstorm looks forward to using its expertise in building state-of-the-art digital infrastructure at scale to help digital businesses grow and realize their potential in the growing digital economy. Lightstorm’s partners will also benefit by offering Polarin, a self-serve Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that is built on the pillars of transparency, services at the click of a button and scalability. It is designed to offer a user experience for a network that is fully aligned with the cloud. 

“We are thrilled to start our operations in the MEA region. This is a strategically important region for us, and we look forward to providing a best-in-class digital infrastructure to our customers here so they can ensure a superior customer experience for their users. We have partnered with Kalaam and GDH to provide a world-class experience to hyperscalers and digital businesses. Our initiatives will further boost the digital infrastructure in the region and will contribute to the `We the UAE 2031’ vision of the UAE Government,” says Amajit Gupta, Group CEO and MD, Lightstorm.

Lightstorm’s partners will benefit from its presence in the region, while it offers a crucial advantage to its customers looking to expand and grow in the MEA region. The world-class digital infrastructure will foster the growth of digital businesses, contributing to the growth of the region’s economy.

Lightstorm is a pioneer of the first-of-its-kind utility-grade resilient fiber, SmartNet, in several countries in the South Asia and South East Asia region. Since its inception in 2021, Lightstorm has set up a state-of-the-art SmartNet network using a utility-grade ~35,000 km of fiber connecting +50 datacenters across five major economic hubs in India. On the other hand, SmartNet Indonesia was launched last year and will connect 40+ data centers in the JABO region with a new underground fiber network of more than 900 km. Lightstorm is backed by I-Squared Capital, which has over $30 billion in assets under management.

As India’s first carrier-neutral network infrastructure platform, it is working with several hyperscalers, including two of the top five brands in the world. Lightstorm has successfully resolved the critical bottleneck for global cloud, OTT and the internet ecosystem by being the only provider to offer multiple Terabits of bandwidth with the highest guarantees of uptime, latency and flap.

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