Nxtra by Airtel to invest Rs. 5,000 Cr to double its data centre capacity

Bharti Airtel Limited has unveiled a refreshed brand identity ‘Nxtra by Airtel’ for its data centre business and outlined an investment of Rs. 5,000 crores to significantly scale up its data centre network to serve the requirements of India’s fast growing digital economy.

The Indian data centre industry is expected to more than double its installed capacity from an approximate 450 MW to 1,074 MW by 2023.

Nxtra by Airtel aims to be at the forefront of this growth and plans to invest Rs. 5,000 crores by 2025 to further scale up its industry leading network of hyperscale and edge data centres. This will include new data centre parks in key metro cities. The investment will triple Nxtra by Airtel’s installed capacity to over 400 MW to meet the surging demand and consolidate its network leadership.

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. The new brand identity embodies this vision and ambition.”

Nxtra by Airtel is already aggressively scaling up use of green energy for its data centres and aims to source 50% of the power requirements of these centres through renewable sources as part of Airtel’s overall GHG emission reduction targets.

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 solutions to global hyperscalers, large Indian enterprises, start-ups, SMEs, and governments.

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