03/03/2024
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Airtel Africa Launches Nxtra By Airtel To Accelerate Africa’s Digital Transition

Airtel Africa today launches Nxtra by Airtel(Nxtra), a new data centre business founded on a commitment to meet the continent’s growing needs for trusted, and sustainable data centre capacity and to serve the fastgrowing African digital economy.

Nxtra aims to build one of the largest network of data centres in Africa with highcapacity data centres in major cities located strategically across Airtel Africa’s footprint, complementing its existing edge sites.

Nxtra’s ambition will allow it to serve the growing needs of African enterprises and its data centre infrastructure will bedesigned to host the next generation of computing, whileproviding multiMW capacity in a phased manner.

These facilities will meet stringent global security requirements and meet five nines1 availability. Coupled with Airtel Africa’s extensive fibre footprint, Nxtra offers secure and scalable integrated solutions to global hyperscalers, large African enterprises, startups, SMEs and governments.

Through locally available data centre capacity, speed to access digital services will improve and the cost of managing data will be reduced, thus helping power increased innovation, whilesupporting a new generation of African tech talent. Furthermore, Nxtra is enabling customers meet data sovereignty requirements while at the same time enabling more local cloud services to be offered in the countries where Airtel Africa operates.

The first major Nxtra facility in Lagos, Nigeria, will deliver 34MW of total power. It is designed to host high density racks andintegrate the latest best practice construction to achieve 1.3 power usage effectiveness (PUE). It is expected to be live in mid-2025.

To deliver on Nxtra’s vision, Airtel Africa has appointed Yashnath Issur, the former head of Global Data Centre Portfolio Management at Amazon Web Services, as CEO of Nxtra by Airtel. Yashnath has 16 years of experience in the industry and has, over the past year, built a team of experts to execute on the strategy.

Yashnath Issur, CEO of Nxtra By Airtel

Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya said: “A rapid increase in data centre capacity is needed to support the growth potential of Africa’s digital economy.  We’re proud to drive the future of Africa’s digital infrastructure, unlocking opportunities for businesses to grow and fuelling economic prosperity. Airtel Africa’s team has consistently shown our ability to deliver on infrastructure projects across Africa, and we are confident that our next generation data centres will support our ambition to become the partner of choice for global customers and Africa’s newest tech unicorns alike.”

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