Nxtra Launches in Africa: Airtel’s Commitment to Sustainable Data Solutions

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Airtel Africa has recently introduced Nxtra by Airtel, a new data center initiative, with the aim of addressing the escalating demand for reliable and sustainable data center capacity across the continent. This venture seeks to support the rapidly expanding digital economy in Africa.

Nxtra aspires to establish one of the most extensive networks of data centers in Africa, strategically positioning high-capacity facilities in major cities across Airtel Africa’s operational footprint. This initiative complements the existing edge sites, catering to the evolving needs of African enterprises. The data center infrastructure is designed to host the next generation of computing, providing multi-megawatt (MW) capacity in a phased approach, meeting global security standards and ensuring ‘five nines’ availability.

With the backing of Airtel Africa’s extensive fiber network, Nxtra offers secure and scalable integrated solutions to a diverse range of clients, including global hyper-scalers, large African enterprises, startups, SMEs, and government entities.

The local availability of data center capacity is anticipated to enhance the speed of accessing digital services and reduce data management costs, fostering innovation and supporting the development of a new generation of African tech talent. Additionally, Nxtra facilitates compliance with data sovereignty requirements and encourages the provision of more local cloud services in the countries where Airtel Africa operates.

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The inaugural Nxtra facility in Lagos, Nigeria, is slated to provide 34 MW of total power, featuring high-density racks and incorporating the latest construction best practices to achieve a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3. This facility is projected to go live in mid-2025.

Yashnath Issur, former head of Global Data Centre Portfolio Management at Amazon Web Services, has been appointed as the CEO of Nxtra by Airtel. With 16 years of industry experience, Yashnath has assembled a team of experts to execute the Nxtra strategy.

Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, expressed confidence in Nxtra’s potential to meet the escalating demands of Africa’s digital economy. He emphasized Airtel Africa’s track record in delivering infrastructure projects across the continent and anticipates that the next-generation data centers will position the company as a preferred partner for both global customers and emerging tech unicorns in Africa.

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