Belgium’s Datacenter United is acquiring local colocation provider Hasselt DC and developing a new data center.

Investment firm and DCU owner TINC this week announced that the two Limburg-based data centers of Hasselt DC are now ‘part of the Datacenter United ecosystem’. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Hasselt DC1 – Google Maps

Friso Haringsma, managing director of Datacenter United, said: “With these initiatives, we are taking the next step to strengthen our position in the Belgian data center market. We can now offer our professional services from no less than nine locations. For our customers, this means that we can guarantee an even better geographical presence and economies of scale. With this, we lay the foundation for the digital economy of the future.”

Hasselt DC operates two facilities in Hasselt in Limburg. Located at Veldstraat 101, Hasselt DC1 offers 380 racks across 950 sqm (10,225 sq ft) and 650kW; Hasselt DC2, at Trichterheideweg 2, offers 80 racks across 200 sqm (2,150 sq ft) and 250kW.

René Lacroix, CEO of Hasselt DC, added: “For Hasselt DC, this is a logical step to fully develop the possibilities of our data centers. As a pioneer of colocation data centers in Limburg, the foundation was laid for the digital development of the region at the time. This joining of forces ensures an increase in scale and further connects the Limburg region with the rest of Flanders.”

The companies also announced that ground had been broken on a new data center in Kortrijk in West Flanders. Specifications of the new facility weren’t shared.

Founded in 2011, Datacenter United currently operates facilities across Belgium in Antwerp (x2), Zaventem, Ghent, Bruges, Burcht, and Kortrijk-Zuid. TINC took a majority stake in the company in 2020 with a €12 million ($13.5m) investment.

“This investment represents a nice step forward in our ambition to develop a leading group of data centers in Belgium. With this, Datacenter United further diversifies its presence in order to serve a broad customer base. We look forward to continuing this growth path together with the management team to shape the digital infrastructure for the world of tomorrow,” said Arnoud de Ridder, director of digital infrastructure at TINC.

DCU previously acquired DC Star and took over its three facilities in early 2022.