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freehe
5/22/2019 4:50:50 PM
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Re: Third largest?
@DonBrowne. Good points. BSO has POPs in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. They have 300 carriers. But they only have 350 employees. How can 350 employees manage 170 POPs, 70 clouds, IXPs and 103 data centers. Especially given that at least 10% of the employees are located at the headquarters office and focus on administrative and operations such as accounting, legal, finance, etc.

 

 

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freehe
freehe
5/22/2019 4:47:53 PM
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Re: Third largest?
@Alison�s Wonderland. I had the same sentiments. Thanks Alison for the article and the follow-up on how the ranking was determined. It is very risky to state claims without providing any data to support the claims.

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freehe
freehe
5/22/2019 4:46:02 PM
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BSO Claims
What criteria did they use to determine the company was the 3rd largest private telco in the world? Did they compare to all global companies per country per renue, per POPs, per network? No data was provided to substantiate these claims. Anytime a company claims their own ranking it makes me suspicious. If the ranking is true another source would have stated that.

 

 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
5/21/2019 11:48:41 AM
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Re: Third largest?
Yes, that's an interesting statistic, and noting that "BSO has 350 employees, is established in 23 countries and operates 103 data centers worldwide," maybe it's the "private" business that's unique with lots of data centers?

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Alisonís Wonderland
Alisonís Wonderland
5/14/2019 9:40:53 AM
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Re: Third largest?
I wondered the same thing, and do plan to speak to executives in the nearish future although history and experience tell me it may be difficult to determine revenue. That said, some private companies -- especially as they compete at the largest levels -- are surprisingly open about their numbers (and they are audited too) because their customers and prospective customers care. I used to do a ranking of the top 500 value-added resellers, based on revenue. Some were simple: They were only VARs and they were public. Or they were public and broke out that revenue. Boom! Done in five minutes, max. 

Of course, then there were others that were either public and incorporated that income in other divisions. Or were private and tight on all data, especially financials. It became a matter of, I think, deserved pride when I could figure out a good, defendable estimate based on lots and lots of research! And lots and lots of coffee, agita and banging my head, almost literally, against the keyboard! Going back to your point, there are a lot of studies and rankings I'd like to do -- and this is one of them: Finding the top providers, especially private! Resources are, as they say, limited.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/13/2019 9:22:33 PM
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Third largest?
> "Fourteen-year-old BSO claims to now be the third-largest privately held telecom operator in the world..."

That's an interesting claim -- that makes one wonder what metric is actually being used to claim a bronze prize for a global telecom. I assume not by revenues... but third in coverage?

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