Bharti Airtel Group to invest ₹2,000 crore in Telangana through its data centre arm

The facility will be a Hyperscale Data Centre with a capacity of 60 megawatts (MW) of IT load for the first phase.

BySumit Jha

Published Jan 18, 2023 | 5:21 PMUpdatedJan 18, 2023 | 5:21 PM

Bharti Airtel in Telangana

The Bharti Airtel Group will investment ₹2,000 crore to set up a large Hyperscale Data Centre in Hyderabad, the group announced on Wednesday, 18 January.

The announcement came at the Telangana Lounge at the World Economic Forum(WEF) at Davos in the presence of state Minister for IT, Industries and MA&UD KT Rama Rao, and Bharti Enterprises Founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal and its Vice Chairman and Managing Director Rajan Bharti Mittal.

The Bharti Airtel Group, through its Data Centre arm, Nxtra Data Center, will invest ₹2,000 crore as capital investment for the infrastructure which will further attract investments from their customers.

The facility will be a Hyperscale Data Centre with a capacity of 60 megawatts (MW) of IT load in the first phase. It will incorporate the latest technologies in cooling and security. The project is estimated to be deployed in the next five to seven years.

KT Rama Rao said in a statement that Hyderabad is now the hub for Hyperscale Data Centres in India and Airtel’s investment “adds to the pace we look to keep up”.

“I hope to continue this relationship and hope the state can work together with Airtel-Nxtra on creating digital infrastructure to keep up with the ever-growing industry in the state,” said KTR.

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Sunil Bharti Mittal, in a statement, said the proposed centre would one of their biggest greenfield data centre projects in India.

“Since the initiation of our discussions on the data centre project in the May 2022 edition of the WEF Annual Meeting, the government has worked at a very quick pace to ensure the project can (begin) construction in the matter of a few months. We will work closely with Telangana to increase our footprint in the state in other portfolios of our business as well,” he added.

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Eurofins expands presence in Indian pharmaceutical

Meanwhile, Eurofins Scientific, a French group into food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product testing and bioanalytical testing, has announced plans to establish a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory campus in Genome Valley, Hyderabad.

It will be a facility capable of supporting large global and Indian pharmaceutical clients as well as small biotech companies in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, bioanalytical services (for both large and small molecules), in-vivo pharmacology, safety toxicology and formulation R&D.

KTR with Eurofin Management

KTR with Eurofins Management. (Supplied)

The announcement was made after Minister KT Rama Rao’s meeting with Eurofins management at the WEF.

With this investment through its subsidiary, Eurofins Advinus, the Eurofins network now has a significant campus in Hyderabad that complements its existing operations in India with additional capacity in discovery chemistry, analytical chemistry and bioanalytical services.

The investment will also allow Eurofins Advinus to extend its service offering to deliver formulation development as well as in-vitro and in-vivo biology capabilities from early 2023.

“Eurofins is committed to long-term investments to grow our globally leading laboratory network. Given the importance of India in global pharmaceutical R&D value chains, we are very excited about our new Hyderabad campus so we can better serve this important centre for pharmaceutical development and innovation,” said Dr Gilles Martin, CEO of Eurofins, in an statement.