Lightstorm turns to Nokia for service deployment

07 October 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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India’s first carrier-neutral network infrastructure platform has selected Nokia to help it roll out Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solutions for enterprise customers.

Nokia’s cloud-native Digital Operations software, deployed on AWS, connects the network to the business by automating digital service life-cycle management at scale to evolve OSS from being a mere support system to a business enabler

Lightstorm CEO Amajit Gupta said: "Lightstorm is building a resilient and future-ready telecom network designed to support the ever-growing demand for data and low-latency applications in India. We are confident that Nokia's Digital Operations software on AWS will help us realise our vision of building a software-defined programmable and automated network. We look forward to working with Nokia in our journey to provide a world-class digital experience through our platform."

The deal has three primary benefits: to enable Lightstorm to enter and establish itself quickly in India’s NaaS market as a greenfield operator; connect the network to the business by automating digital service life-cycle management at scale to evolve OSS from being a mere support system to a business enabler; and deliver a seamless user experience with guaranteed service level agreements.

This will allow Lightstorm to process connectivity orders in seconds and enable the delivery of complex new enterprise services in minutes – up to 500 times faster than traditional OSS approaches

Nokia’s Digital Operations software is being deployed on AWS by Cloud Kinetics, a Singapore-based AWS Premier Consulting Partner and AWS Managed Service provider for AWS globally.

It marks the first publicly announced deployment of Nokia’s Digital Operations software on AWS globally where, in India, this allows Lightstorm to combine operational efficiency and flexibility with modern service design and delivery.

Cloud Kinetics has designed the security architecture and integration.

Vinish Bawa, Head of Emerging Markets, India at Nokia, said: “This deployment builds on Nokia’s relationship with AWS, which supports the development and deployment of telecom-specific cloud-native solutions for communication service providers. With Nokia’s Digital Operations software and the reliability and scalability of AWS, Lightstorm is positioning itself as a next-generation service provider capable of delivering NaaS services rapidly and efficiently.”