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Nxtra by Airtel commences construction of its largest Data Centre in East India

Kolkata, November 22, 2022: Nxtra Data Limited (“Nxtra by Airtel”), a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel (Airtel) started the construction of its new hyper-scale data centre in Kolkata. The company will invest Rs 600 Cr in the development of the largest data centre in East India that 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 Shri Babul Supriyo, Hon’ble Minister for Information Technology, Electronics and Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Shri Debashis Sen, IAS (Retd), Managing Director, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (WBHIDCO), Shri Rajeev Kumar, Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Electronics department and Mr. 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 company’s commitment to 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 source 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 5000 cr. 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.

About Bharti Airtel:

Headquartered in India, Airtel is a global communications solutions provider with over 500 Mn customers in 17 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its networks cover over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions provider and the second-largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes high-speed 4G/5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 Gbps with convergence across linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial services. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a gamut of solutions that includes secure connectivity, cloud and data centre services, cyber security, IoT, Ad Tech and CPaaS (Airtel IQ). For more details visit www.airtel.com

About Nxtra by Airtel:

Nxtra by Airtel, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, offers the largest network of secure, scalable, and sustainable data centres in India to leading enterprises, hyperscalers, start-ups, SMEs and governments. Being associated with both the data centre and telecom industry for more than 2 decades, we provide a platform of hyper-connected state-of-the-art core and edge data centres across 120+ locations. We enable businesses to accelerate their digital journey and host their applications closer to their customers than ever before. Backed by one of the world’s largest investment firms ‘Carlyle Group’ and already investing in multiple large data centre parks, we’re committed to being long-term partners in our customer’s journey of scale and creating a digital future together. For further information, please visit www.nxtra.in


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