Nxtra Data, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, has started the construction of its new hyper-scale data centre in Kolkata – aims to address the needs of enterprises and global cloud players.
Nxtra Data will invest Rs 600 crore 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.
Babul Supriyo, Minister for Information Technology, Electronics and Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Debashis Sen, IAS (Retd), Managing Director, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO), Rajeev Kumar, Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Electronics department and Rajesh Tapadia, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Nxtra by Airtel, attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
The 25 MW facility will come up in New Town, Kolkata and will be operational by 2024. It will be Nxtra’s first large-scale facility in east India in addition to its existing 12 large and 120 edge facilities across India.
“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 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 will invest over Rs 5000 crore over the next four years to expand its capacity by 3X to over 400 MW. The company has already invested and partnered with eight organizations to source more than 180,000 MWh of renewable energy. Nxtra has the ambition to reach net zero by 2031.