Airtel outlines $673 million Nxtra data centre expansion plan

Indian telco, Bharti Airtel, has outlined significant expansion plans for its data centre subsidiary, Nxtra which will see its capacity tripled to over 400MW by 2025.

The plans include expansion across 80 cities in India, including key metros. Nxtra is reportedly aiming to source 50 percent of the power requirements for its facilities through renewable sources and has recently commissioned solar power plants in the state of Uttar Pradesh & Maharashtra.

“Airtel has built the largest data center 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,” said Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO of Airtel Business.

Nxtra currently operates 10 core and 120 edge data centres across India as well as managing a number of submarine landing stations.

Airtel own 75% of Nxtra with 25% having been sold last year to US private equity group Carlyle.

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