Cinturion Corp Ltd. (Cinturion) announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Lightstorm as its landing partner in India. As part of the agreement, Cinturion’s TEAS (Trans Europe Asia System) will be hosted by Lightstorm to strengthen connectivity between India, the Middle East and Europe. Lightstorm will use its carrier-neutral and open Cable Landing Station (CLS) to herald a new era in the landing of submarine cable systems in India.
Developed by Cinturion, TEAS will seamlessly link two new connections across the Arabian and Mediterranean Seas and continue with two paths interlinking the Middle East, with multiple routes across the Arabian Peninsula and a route through the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. TEAS low latency and diverse routing will change the global traffic patterns by delivering cutting-edge solutions strengthening connectivity between India, the Middle East and Europe.
In India, cable landing stations are captive in nature, which means the landing party service provider holds a monopoly over access to the fiber. As a result, the market is controlled by a limited number of service providers, leading to high bandwidth prices in India. It is this challenge that Lightstorm seeks to tackle by launching a chain of truly open-access cable landing stations in the country.
Incorporated in Delhi on 29 November 2018, Lightstorm (Lightstorm Telecom Ventures Private Limited) is an independent, carrier-neutral telecom infrastructure platform focused on delivering India’s first cloud connectivity infrastructure. New York-based I Squared Capital invested $300 million in Lightstorm Telecom Ventures to own 100% stakes of the company, Livemint reported.
Lightstorm offers an unprecedented advantage to its customers by integrating its open CLS with a first-of-its-kind utility-grade fiber network, SmartNet, which connects seven key economic hubs with over 12,000 km of fiber, connecting 45+ multi-tenant data centers currently and aiming to connect 100+ MTDCs in the near future. This provides an end-to-end low latency route for customers to access digital hubs between India and Europe, through SmartNet.
Landing the TEAS subsea cable in an carrier-neutral and open CLS will mark a new era in the landing of submarine cable systems in India.
The partnership between Cinturion and Lightstorm will bring the first open and carrier-neutral Cable Landing Station (CLS) to India to provide new routes and address the ever-growing demand for capacity. Furthermore, Lightstorm's plans to build a chain of open CLS in India will set the foundation for robust digital infrastructure designed to elevate the country's digital economy.