Nxtra by Airtel launches new Hyperscale Data Center in Chennai

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Nxtra by Airtel, the data center subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday, launched its new hyperscale data center park in Chennai. The state-of-the-art facility was unveiled digitally by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru. M.K. Stalin.

This is the third large data center in Chennai by ‘Nxtra by Airtel’. The 38 MW LEED-certified new data center, spread over 270,000 sq. ft., is fully integrated with Airtel’s global submarine cable network. It will be providing an end-to-end secure connectivity solution to hyperscalers. 

“This is a major milestone in our journey as we scale up aggressively to serve the emerging digital India opportunity. Chennai, with its strategic location and access to cable landing stations, has the potential to become a regional data center hub for South Asia”

Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business

He further says, “Nxtra by Airtel is already serving large Indian and global customers from the city and we will continue to invest to expand our operations here. I compliment the State Government for providing an enabling environment and infrastructure support to set up this vital digital infrastructure.”

Nxtra by Airtel has strengthened its stronghold in the Indian data center business with this recent launch. With the emergence of 5G, India is witnessing strong demand for reliable data center solutions which is leading enterprises transitioning to the cloud and local data storage regulations. 

The Indian data center industry is expected to more than double its installed capacity from approximately 450 MW to 1074 MW by 2023. And to serve this large demand, Nxtra by Airtel will invest Rs 5000 crores by 2025 to increase its capacity by 3X to over 400 MW. 

The company will set up hyperscale data center parks in key metro cities. Currently, the communications solutions provider is scaling up the use of green energy for its data centers and aims to source 50% of the power requirements of these centers through renewable sources.

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