The data center subsector is poised for a period of continued growth, according to a Nxtra survey by Airtel-JLL.

India’s data center industry is poised for a period of sustained growth, driven by a wide range of consumption and demographic trends, says Nxtra by Airtel, the data center subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, in a joint study with the real estate consultancy JLL India. and professional service provider. The study projects that the expansion of India’s data center industry will be supported by the accelerated adoption of digital infrastructure during the pandemic, increasing digital use, cloud consumption and the national rollout of 5G.

Much of the industry’s growth will be concentrated around Mumbai and Chennai due to their business and infrastructure advantages, strategic location and cable feeders which are well positioned to support and enable the growth of data centers across India.

Furthermore, the study shows that the convergence of data protection, strong demand from cloud players, the migration from captive to the cloud, industry-friendly regulation, digital government initiatives and investments will drive the continued growth of the industry in India.

“India’s digital transformation is expected to create an economic value of $1 trillion by 2025. In addition to existing sectors, new areas such as agriculture, healthcare, logistics, job and skills market, e-governance and other areas, combined with advanced technologies, will lead to significant growth in data storage and computing. The Indian data center industry will be the backbone, enabling India to develop into a global hub,” said Rachit Mohan, Head of Data Center Advisory, India, JLL.

Rajesh Tapadia, CEO of Nxtra by Airtel said: “The industry is witnessing exponential growth given India’s strategic location. Chennai, with its many infrastructure advantages, will become the next data center hub after Mumbai. As the industry reaches infrastructure status, data center expansion will accelerate further and with it the inherent need for sustainable measures. Sustainability will be a huge focus for the industry.”

The report says that while the future of the industry will largely depend on coastal cities with easy access to cable landing stations, landlocked cities such as Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Pune will also benefit from the growth.

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