Czech telecoms firm České Radiokomunikace (CRA) has launched its data center at a broadcast tower site in Cukrák, outside Prague.

The company said it had invested tens of millions of crowns (around $422,000) in repurposing its former transmitter into its eighth data center.

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Inside a CRA data center – České Radiokomunikace

The transmitter had been freed up following recent changes in broadcasting technology. The new facility has a capacity of 78 racks and is said to be Tier III compliant.

Miloš MastnÍk, CEO at CRA, said: “Using existing buildings for new purposes that are based on our service offer is a trend we have been working on for several years. It also allows us to react relatively quickly to the market situation and prepare new capacities at the moment they are needed.”

The company first announced plans to build its Edge data center in September last year. At the time, the company said the site would feature three power feeds from two substations, as well as two fiber routes.

The company’s core data center, known as the DC Tower, operates under the Zizkov transmitter and the company has also repurposed smaller facilities in Strahov, Ostrava, Brno, and Pardubice - all in the Czech Republic.

MastnÍk added: “By using and modernizing the existing premises, we will also ensure a more efficient and gentle operation of the buildings. At the same time, all our data centers use 100 percent energy from renewable sources to cover their consumption, which is also in line with our long-term ESG strategy.”

CRA was founded in 1963 under the name Správa radiokomunikaci and privatized in the 1990s.

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure - a fund created by Cordiant Capital and listed on the London Stock Exchange - bought Ĉeské Radiokomunikace from Macquarie Asset Management in 2021 for an undisclosed price.