Airtel Africa in the present day launches Nxtra by Airtel (“Nxtra”), a brand new knowledge centre enterprise based on a dedication to fulfill the continent’s rising wants for trusted, and sustainable knowledge centre capability and to serve the fast-growing African digital economic system.
Nxtra goals to construct one of many largest community of information centres in Africa with high-capacity knowledge centres in main cities positioned strategically throughout Airtel Africa’s footprint, complementing its current edge websites.
Nxtra’s ambition will enable it to serve the rising want of African enterprises and its knowledge centre infrastructure might be designed to host the subsequent era of computing, whereas offering multi-MW capability in a phased method.
These amenities will meet stringent international safety necessities and meet ‘5 nines’1 availability. Coupled with Airtel Africa’s in depth fibre footprint, Nxtra provides safe and scalable built-in options to international hyper-scalers, massive African enterprises, startups, SMEs and governments.
By means of regionally accessible knowledge centre capability, pace to entry digital companies will enhance and the price of managing knowledge might be lowered, thus serving to energy elevated innovation, whereas supporting a brand new era of African tech expertise. Moreover, Nxtra is enabling clients meet knowledge sovereignty necessities whereas on the similar time enabling extra native cloud companies to be supplied within the international locations the place Airtel Africa operates.
The primary main Nxtra facility in Lagos, Nigeria, will ship 34 MW of complete energy. It’s designed to host excessive density racks and combine the most recent greatest observe building to attain 1.3 energy utilization effectiveness (PUE). It’s anticipated to be dwell in mid-2025.
To ship on Nxtra’s imaginative and prescient, Airtel Africa has appointed Yashnath Issur, the previous head of International Information Centre Portfolio Administration at Amazon Net Companies, as CEO of Nxtra by Airtel. Yashnath has 16 years of expertise within the business and has, over the previous 12 months, constructed a crew of specialists to execute on the technique.
Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya mentioned: “A speedy enhance in knowledge centre capability is required to assist the expansion potential of Africa’s digital economic system. We’re proud to drive the way forward for Africa’s digital infrastructure, unlocking alternatives for companies to develop and fuelling financial prosperity. Airtel Africa’s crew has constantly proven our capacity to ship on infrastructure initiatives throughout Africa, and we’re assured that our subsequent era knowledge centres will assist our ambition to develop into the associate of selection for international clients and Africa’s latest tech unicorns alike.”