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Airtel to invest Rs 5k crore to scale up data centre biz

New Delhi, Sept 30 (UNI) Bharti Airtel Limited on Thursday announced the investment of Rs 5000 crore to scale up its data centre business.

Addressing a virtual press conference, Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said the investment is to be made by 2025 and was aimed at scaling up the company’s 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,” he said.

Chitkara said the company required five large data centres across the country and therefore work was underway for the same in different cities which included Chennai, Pune, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The data centres would be operationalised within a year and half.

The official said 35% of the data centres had moved to green power and efforts were being made to reduce more power consumption.

“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. Our experience of operating secure data centres, deep brand trust in the enterprise segment and the ability to deliver end-to-end digital transformation solutions positions us well to serve the emerging requirements of India’s connected economy. The new brand identity embodies this vision and ambition,” he said.

Nxtra, having the largest network of data centres in India, operates ten large and 120 edge data centres located strategically across India and manages critical submarine landing stations.

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