Airtel Launches Nxtra To Accelerate Africa’s Digital Transition

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Airtel Africa has launched Nxtra by Airtel (Nxtra), a new data centre business to sustain the continent’s needs and serve the fast-growing African digital economy.

The Managing Director of Airtel Africa, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, revealed this in a statement signed by Mr Emeka Oparah, Vice-President Communications and CSR, Airtel Africa last Tuesday in Lagos.

Ogunsanya said Nxtra aimed to build one of the largest networks of data centres in Africa with high-capacity data centres in major cities located strategically across Airtel Africa’s footprint.

He said that coupled with Airtel Africa’s extensive fibre footprint, Nxtra would offer secure and scalable integrated solutions to global hyper-scalers, large enterprises, startups and governments.

“Through locally available data centre capacity, speed to access digital services will improve and the cost of managing data will be reduced, hence supporting a new generation of African tech talent.

“Also, Nxtra will enable customers to meet data sovereignty requirements while at the same time enabling more local cloud services to be offered in the countries where Airtel Africa operates,” he said.

Ogunsanya said the first major Nxtra facility in Lagos, Nigeria, would deliver 34 Megawatts of total power.
According to him, it is designed to host high-density racks and integrate the latest best practice construction to achieve 1.3 power usage effectiveness.

He said Airtel Africa had appointed Yashnath Issur, the former head of Global Data Centre Portfolio Management at Amazon Web Services, as the Chief Executive Officer of Nxtra by Airtel.
He further said that Issur had 16 years of experience in the industry and over the past year, built a team of experts to execute the strategy.

Ogunsanya said a rapid increase in data centre capacity was needed to support the growth potential of Africa’s digital economy.

He noted that the telco was proud to drive the future of Africa’s digital infrastructure by unlocking opportunities for businesses to grow.

Ogunsanya added “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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