Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Friday Review: Whining and dining

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 09 March 12

Mobile industry caught up in booth babe dinner date outrage on eve of International Women's Day.

"Sometimes it's hard to be a woman," sang late country music star Tammy Wynette in 1968. The legendary crooner probably never envisaged her famous lyrics being used to introduce a round-up of telecoms happenings, nevertheless there is no more appropriate way to paraphrase a week that saw International Women's Day coincide with a new GSMA report into how mobile can improve the lives of women living on less than $2 per day. Normally that would be reason enough to cram in a hastily conceived Wynette reference; however it was the fallout resulting from the actions of Russian OSS/BSS provider CBOSS during last week's Mobile World Congress that really sealed the deal. The company already has a reputation for obliterating the conventions of good taste: CBOSS has been known for years for shamelessly parading a troupe of scantily…

"Sometimes it's hard to be a woman," sang late country music star Tammy Wynette in 1968. The legendary crooner probably never envisaged her famous lyrics being used to introduce a round-up of telecoms happenings, nevertheless there is no more appropriate way to paraphrase a week that saw International Women's Day coincide with a new GSMA report into how mobile can improve the lives of women living on less than $2 per day. Normally that would be reason enough to cram in a hastily conceived Wynette reference; however it was the fallout resulting from the actions of Russian OSS/BSS provider CBOSS during last week's Mobile World Congress that really sealed the deal. The company already has a reputation for obliterating the conventions of good taste: CBOSS has been known for years for shamelessly parading a troupe of scantily…

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