Edge Data Centers Attract Major Investments as India Closes in on 5G Rollout

  • Peripheral data centers help telcos deliver faster performance and lower latency.
  • NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies will set up 236 edge data centers across India.
  • Indian Government PSU – RailTel to establish 102 Edge Data Centers.

India’s 5G plans finally seem to be taking shape as the Indian government has already announced the complete ecosystem of 5G networks. While there is so much happening in the 5G industry, one of the big developments is “Edge Data Centers” which are supposed to provide better user experience and facilitate the adoption of digital services.

Indian government PSU RailTel is likely to establish 102 edge data centers in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies have pledged to set up 236 edge data centers.

As the name suggests, edge data centers are located at the edge of the network. These are small facilities located close to the nearby public area. An edge data center is set up to provide cloud computing resources and cached content to end users. Both are responsible for providing faster performance and lower latency as it eliminates the need to move data from remote data centers to process it. Ultimately giving end users a faster, stable and more responsive network.

Edge data centers are connected to larger data centers and multiple data centers. They are responsible for processing data close to the origin. As the processing takes place close to the end users, the network services are delivered faster and with minimal latency, as mentioned. This enables 5G telecom service providers to deliver a better customer experience.

Edge data centers are at the center of the 5G boom

RailTel, Central Government PSU has decided to establish Edge Data Centers at 102 locations, especially in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. This activity will result in an investment opportunity of around ₹500 crore. RailTel is one of the largest neutral telecommunications infrastructure providers in India which has a nationwide network fiber optic cable (OFC) network of more than 60,000 RKM along the railway line. This investment opportunity and initiative by RailTel will further the Government of India’s Digital India mission.

NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies is also ready to invest ₹1,300 crore to set up 236 edge data centers in India by Q1 2022-23. The company’s CEO and Managing Director, AS Rajgopal, said he was looking forward to developing new facilities in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. Currently, the company has four edge data centers in Faridabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

This decision is also seen as another important step towards digital transformation. Also, it will provide opportunities for skilled labor with employment opportunities in the sector.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is about to complete its trials for 5G spectrum. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is also working in parallel to ensure that the 5G auction process ends soon.

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