BSO acquires IX Reach

13 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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BSO, an Ethernet network provider, has broadened its wholesale portfolio with the acquisition of IX Reach, a global network service provider.

IX Reach has become BSO’s third acquisition in the last 18 months and joins Apsara Networks, a provider of radio frequency connectivity to financial markets and PROceau, a managed hosting and IaaS company.

“Our global M&A strategy remains on pace and acquiring IX Reach cements our reputation as the network provider of choice for financial services, cloud providers and technology businesses,” said Michael Ourabah (pictured), founder and CEO of BSO. “Combining the vast experience, international footprint and R&D capabilities of the two companies together enables us to deliver the next generation of network, cloud and services. We are really looking forward to continuing to define standards in an ever-changing landscape. The seamless and automated Global Infrastructure Fabric that we have engineered is second to none and will enable clients in any region and vertical markets to integrate their infrastructure needs effortlessly.”

BSO’s network infrastructure and expertise, combined with IX Reach’s diverse network reach plus products and services will enable the group to continue to invest heavily in R&D and push new boundaries in product delivery and provisioning automation.

“This is a great move for IX Reach that secures long term investment for us, improving our customers’ experience and seeing acceleration of our future growth and expansion. I’m delighted to be working with BSO who have been our friends and partner for over a decade and am excited to be a part of their team,” added Stephen Wilcox, president and founder of IX Reach.

IX Reach network covers more than 170 points of presence across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and most recently Africa. Their customer base includes more than 300 carriers, ISPs, content providers and networks, as well as, more than 70 cloud. IXPs, data centre and SaaS companies.

“Our combined infrastructure and technology makes us a unique proposition, and together with our strong financial position, it makes for a very different and extremely strong challenger to all the large traditional providers,” said Simon Vye, CEO of IX Reach. “The complementary link up between our companies accelerates revenue growth, significantly improves our combined profitability and most importantly allows us to continue investing rapidly in our products and services so we can continue creating truly exceptional customer experiences.”

Back in April, BSO become an official Google Cloud Partner Interconnect provider. The first BSO clients are currently on-boarding with Partner Interconnect in Frankfurt and London, and the service will be available from all of the 100+ PoPs in data centres, offices and colocation environments currently on BSO’s global backbone.