BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- I heard some pretty funny stuff this week in Barcelona (mostly after 10pm, it should be noted) but I missed what sounded like the best gag of the week.
And it was delivered by John Chambers.
Yes, that John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco Systems Inc..
According to reliable sources, Chambers concluded a presentation to industry analysts earlier this week by announcing that he was about to indulge in his most enjoyable Mobile World Congress activity – visiting the Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. exhibit and having a lengthy wander around. "It freaks them out," he reportedly said (or words to that effect).
It's not known whether he followed that up with
"And I'll be here all week, folks…"
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading
FritzNelson, User Rank: Light Beer 3/5/2013 | 1:27:32 AM
re: John Chambers, Comedian I wonder if the size of their booth or all the technologies Huawei displayed freaked HIM out. Also, since you needed special access to get in -- unless he was talking about their booth rather than their massive pavilion -- I wonder how he would get in. Still, perhaps a winner-take-all arm wrestling contest could be arranged for the next Mobile World Congress.
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