BSO Founder & CEO Michael Ourabah Talks Pandemic Telecom Experience and Rebranding the Firm

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Michael Ourabah is the founder and CEO of BSO, a technology infrastructure provider specializing in connectivity for finance and capital market users. BSO recently embarked on a rebranding after being more of an engineering focused company that was “bad at marketing.” John Lothian News interviewed Ourabah over Zoom about BSO’s rebranding, telecoms in the age of the pandemic, cybersecurity, business as the world reopens, virtual reality and what comes next in technology.

With the new branding, BSO is focusing on repositioning the company, expanding its services past its core clients in high-frequency trading and Tier 1 banks to a broader financial services and capital market audience.

We asked Ourabah about how the telecom space has changed since the pandemic hit as firms and organizations of all sizes took to the internet and adopted Zoom, Teams, Webex and other communications platforms..

He said many of his customers are focused on removing their technology infrastructure from the office and putting it into the cloud, creating demand for more data centers in the process.

Ourabah also spoke about how the world is changing as it starts back up, noting many firms he speaks to are still reluctant to have in-person meetings and prefer video calls. He said he does not expect a return to the busy global travel schedule around a never-ending list of conferences to attend around the world. He said he expects firms to “cherry pick” the best conferences to attend that are really meaningful.

We also spoke to him about virtual reality and how that may play into the future of conferences and meetings. He said he likes the idea, but it is still a while away from mass adoption. He added that he has seen more VR around entertainment, which could be a part of a conference experience.

We asked him about the technology of the future BSO on which BSO is working. He talked about improving latency – always a challenge – but also lower orbit satellite technology and its status. He mentioned the high cost of investment required for lower orbit satellites and the need for improvement in transponders as issues that should be addressed and improved. He also talked about hollow core fiber, where a laser shot in the air in the middle of a hollowed out fiber goes as fast as or faster than electromagnetic technology.

Lastly, he discussed cybersecurity and the steps BSO has taken to improve its own security, including having data held in cold storage facilities off the internet and adding lots of layers to protect its data.

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