Global supply chain constraints and geopolitical and economic instabilities are not slowing the pace of digital infrastructure investment for the most connected companies, according to a new report.
The latest Global Interconnection Index (GXI) 2023, an annual market study published by Equinix, found that the most ecosystem-connected businesses—those directly interconnecting with partners to provide their own digital services—have expanded their digital operations more in the past five quarters than in the previous five years. On average, organisations are connecting to three times as many business ecosystem partners and metros, consuming more than twice the amount of interconnection bandwidth.
As Indian businesses reinvent themselves in the aftermath of the global pandemic, ecosystem density has become a catalyst for digital innovation, which continues to fuel the growth of interconnection bandwidth. According to GXI 2023, Mumbai is the fastest growing edge metro in India, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50%, and is forecast to surpass other edge metros like Melbourne and Osaka in terms of interconnection bandwidth by 2025. This forecasted growth shows how Indian digital leaders are rethinking their business to implement future-proof infrastructure on technology platforms for global and regional competitiveness
“In today’s dynamic setting, every business is becoming a digital provider, which requires a new type of digital infrastructure built sustainably around leveraging ecosystems to deliver seamless digital experiences. Those with a digital-first strategy in place, investing in a robust, future-looking business model and interconnecting to rich ecosystems, are prepared to scale, adapt and thrive,” said Steve Madden, Vice President of Digital Transformation & Segmentation at Equinix.
Additional Insights from GXI 2023
- Digital growth continues: Interconnection bandwidth is forecast to continue growing at over 35% CAGR across all regions and major metros through 2025 with Mumbai continuing be the fastest growing edge metro in Asia-Pacific.
- The move to the edge is accelerating: Both enterprises and service providers are forecast to interconnect to edge infrastructure 20% faster than the core globally.
- Businesses are becoming digital providers: GXI 2023 predicts that 90% of Fortune 500 companies will become digital providers, both selling and consuming digital services by 2025.