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Airtel Africa says NXTra project will create over 1000 jobs in Nigeria

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Telecommunications service provider, Airtel Africa, has said that its NXTra data center project in Nigeria is poised to provide jobs for over 1000 Nigerians.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the company, Segun Ogunsanya, stated this during the groundbreaking of the project in Lagos on Tuesday.

According to him, out of the 1000 jobs, 250 will be permanent once the project is deployed and at capacity.

Ogunsanya said the Nxtra project marks a significant milestone in the company’s journey and is a cornerstone of the organization’s growth strategy, with a particular focus on Nigeria, its largest market.

While noting that the project will enhance data sovereignty, security, and preservation within the continent, Ogunsanya said the data center also reflects the group’s commitment to make Nigeria a major hub for access to digital services as it propel Africa towards a sustainable and inclusive digital age.

Boost for digital economy

Also speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani extolled the revolutionary opportunities ahead for business and the economy in a future driven by connectivity via data centers such as NXtra and powered by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the future of business.

The Nxtra by Airtel data center in Lagos will deliver 38 megawatts of total power and host high-density racks that integrate the latest best practice construction to achieve 1.3 power usage effectiveness (PUE). It is expected to be live by the first quarter of 2026.

The facility will be the first of five hyperscale data centres to be developed by Airtel Africa on the continent.

Combined, these data centres will offer a robust 180-megawatt capacity, distributed across 13 major data centre and over 48 edge data centres. Coupled with Airtel Africa’s extensive fibre footprint, Nxtra offers secure and scalable integrated solutions to global hyper-scalers, 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, while supporting a new generation of African tech talent.

 

 

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