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Data centre: Airtel Nxtra to invest Rs. 5000 crores to triple capacity by 2025

From an approximate 450 MW to 1074 MW by the 2023, the Indian data centre industry is expected more than double its installed capacity

To triple data centre capacity by 2025 in the country to over 400 MW to meet the surging demand and consolidate its network leadership, Bharti Airtel said that its data centre entity, Nxtra, plans to invest Rs 5000 crores by 2025.

This will include new data centre parks in key metro cities.

The Sunil Mittal-led telco also unveiled a refreshed brand identity ‘Nxtra by Airtel’ for its data centre business.

Nxtra by Airtel has the largest network of data-centres in India. It currently operates 10 large and 120 edge data-centres located strategically across India and manages critical submarine landing stations. Coupled with Airtel’s global network, it offers secure and scalable integrated solution to global hyperscalers, large Indian enterprises, start-ups, SMEs and governments.

India is witnessing strong demand for reliable data centre solutions with 5G around the corner, a fast growing digital economy, enterprises transitioning to cloud and local data storage regulations. From an approximate 450 MW to 1074 MW by the 2023, the Indian data centre industry is expected more than double its installed capacity.

Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said, “Airtel has built the largest data centre network in India and we are now doubling down on this business to scale up our network that will be at the core of 5G and Digital India. Our experience of operating secure data-centres, deep brand trust in the enterprise segment and the ability to deliver end-to-end digital transformation solutions positions us well to serve the emerging requirements of India’s connected economy. The new brand identity embodies this vision and ambition”.

Sustainability will continue to be its big focus given the huge energy requirements of data-centres. Nxtra by Airtel is already aggressively scaling up use of green energy for its data-centres and aims to source 50 per cent of the power requirements of these centres through renewable sources as part of Airtel’s overall GHG emission reduction targets. Nxtra by Airtel also recently commissioned captive solar power plants in the state of Uttar Pradesh & Maharashtra with still more in the pipeline.

Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Airtel, is the India’s leading provider of information communication technology services and offers a diverse portfolio of products and services covering voice, data, collaboration, work from home solutions, cloud, data centre, cyber security, IOT, network integration, managed services, enterprise mobility and digital media across a range of industries.

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