SLOVAKIA’S largest telecommunications company, Slovak Telekom (ST), has started building a new data centre in the Slovak capital. ST spokesman Andrej Gargulák told the SITA newswire that total investment in the project will exceed €15 million. The general contractor for the project is IBM Slovakia, which won the contract in a public tender. IBM has prepared a concept, structural solution, and infrastructure for the new data centre.
The five-story building now being built was designed from the outset to serve as a data centre, so emphasis was placed on security standards and principles of ‘green IT’ intended to bring significant savings in the amount of electricity needed to cool and power the IT equipment installed. The data centre will cover an area of 1,200 square metres and construction should be completed next year. According to IBM Slovakia’s general manager Roman Brestovanský, it will be the largest data centre in Slovakia.
Slovak Telekom is part of the multinational Deutsche Telekom Group. Its majority shareholder is Deutsche Telekom AG, which owns a 51-percent stake. The Slovak Economy Ministry holds a 34-percent shares and the National Property Fund the remaining 15 percent of the shares. Earlier this year fixed-line company Slovak Telekom merged with local mobile operator T-Mobile, with the new company adopting the Slovak Telekom brand.