As a huge country that houses both infamous slums and technological talent, achieving its digital ambitions will require optical wizardry.

Amid an urgent global digital divide caused by the pandemic, India is stepping up Herculean efforts to enable pockets of digitalization even as it grapples with huge political and social-economic challenges.

If any progress can even be made, the right carrier infrastructures must be put in place in the huge country: an independent and carrier-neutral infrastructure provider in India is doing just that.

India’s data centers, cloud providers and Over-The-Top (OTT) services that power digitalization efforts themselves dependent on low latency and high bandwidth data connectivity across huge territories of uneven technological landscape. That is why Lightstorm Telecom Ventures (LTV) has deployed coherent optics and related advanced technologies to establish a strong, reliable digital backbone in the country of India.

What is coherent optics?

Compared to traditional fiber optics, coherent optics technology modulates the amplitude, phase and polarity of light signals to achieve higher data transmission performance and implementation flexibility.

In India, the carrier-neutral infrastructure provider’s network covers more than 10,000 kilometers and 60 data centers in five cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as strategic subsea cable landing stations providing high-capacity connectivity to Mumbai and Chennai. The deployment of coherent fiber optics lines is expected to transform the network to support the delivery of low latency and high-capacity digital services.  

Said Amajit Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, LTV: “Investing in networking solutions and software from (coherent optics supplier) Ciena equips our customers with unmatched speeds and programmable network capabilities. We’re helping to further establish India as a hub for international connectivity.”

When completed, the project will provide an intelligent and reliable network that can adapt and respond quickly to rapidly-changing user requirements. Deploying 600-800 Gbps per wavelength delivers increased capacity to support high-bandwidth content, and a software-driven flexible architecture accelerates service velocity and maximizes the potential of new services.

Said Ryan Perera, Vice President and country head, Ciena India: “Bringing new digital services to India requires an intelligently automated network that can dynamically adapt and scale. With an upgraded network, LTV makes Digital India a reality and fuels the next wave of telecom growth.” 

Comparison of coherent versus traditional optical fiber technology

Comparison of coherent versus traditional optical fiber technology