Nxtra Data Limited (Nxtra by Airtel), a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel started the construction of its new hyper-scale data centre in Kolkata and will invest Rs. 600 crore.
The largest data centre in East India will serve the underserved markets of east and north-east regions along with the SAARC countries and fulfill the growing needs of enterprises and global cloud players.
The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Babul Supriyo, Minister for Information Technology, Electronics and Tourism, Government of West Bengal; Debashis Sen, Managing Director, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (WBHIDCO); Rajeev Kumar, Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Electronics department; and Rajesh Tapadia, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Nxtra by Airtel.
The 25 MW facility will come up in New Town, Kolkata and will be fully operational by 2024. In line with the company’s commitment to the environment and its ambition to reach net zero by 2031, the new centre will be a green facility, sourcing clean energy for running its operations. Once ready, it will be Nxtra’s 1st large- scale facility in East India in addition to its already existing 12 large and 120 edge facilities across India. The new centre will further cement Nxtra’s position as the nation’s largest network of data centres.
“Nxtra and Airtel are delighted to partner West Bengal in its digital-first economy agenda and would like to thank the state government for its unflinching support. The new facility will be one of the largest data centres in East India and will be the gateway to serving customers in and around the eastern region and the SAARC countries. We are investing extensively on Green Energy and our state-of-the-art, carrier- neutral, hyper-scale Kolkata data centre will run on renewable sources of energy,” said Rajesh Tapadia, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Nxtra by Airtel.
Nxtra by Airtel is on an expansion spree and will invest over Rs. 5,000 crore over the next four years to expand its capacity by 3x to over 400 MW. The company has already invested and partnered with eight organisations to source more than 180,000 MWh of renewable energy. Nxtra has the ambition to reach net zero by 2031.