Nxtra, Airtel’s First Nigerian Data Center

Airtel Africa, a major provider of telecommunications and mobile money services across 14 African nations, has initiated the construction of its first data center in Lagos, Nigeria.

Named Nxtra by Airtel, this project aims to establish a network of high-capacity data centers strategically located in key African cities, supplementing existing edge sites. This initiative demonstrates Airtel Africa’s dedication to fulfilling the continent’s data management needs, supporting its burgeoning digital economy.

The groundbreaking event for the Lagos-based data center, situated on Victoria Island, was led by Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, and his successor, Sunil Taldar. Notable attendees included Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Communications Minister Dr. Bosun Tijani.

Segun Ogunsanya emphasized the significance of the Nxtra project in driving the company’s growth strategy, particularly in Nigeria, its largest market. He highlighted the expected job creation and the center’s role in supporting various sectors by providing secure data storage solutions.

Governor Sanwo-Olu praised Airtel’s commitment to advancing data management standards in Africa, while Minister Tijani emphasized the transformative potential of data-driven technologies like AI in shaping the future economy.

The Lagos data center, set to be operational by early 2026, will offer 38 megawatts of power and employ advanced construction practices for energy efficiency. It represents the first of five hyper-scale data centers planned by Airtel Africa, with a combined capacity of 180 megawatts, enhancing data accessibility and sovereignty across the continent. This initiative aims to foster innovation, empower local talent, and support the growth of African tech ecosystems.

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