Friday, 2 July 2010

Telecom New Zealand Exchange Tour - Mayoral Drive and Airedale Street...

Believe it not, we were welcome to take photos! So here are a few...

Carrier X’s “Unbundled Copper Local Loop” (UCLL) gear:

Carrier Y’s UCLL gear:

The Airedale “Main Distribution Frame” (MDF):

The Mayoral Drive “Cable Well” (where all the cabling for the entire exchange enters the site – in the basement) – copper below and fibre above. The clear tubes are pumping pressurised super-dry air down the pipes containing copper:

Mayoral Drive Cable Well again; this is where the incoming cables start to get split up, before they are channelled through the floor into the MDF:

Mayoral Drive; the upper level of the Cable Well, you can see further splitting going on there and juuust visible are some fibre splitters in black casing – I think they called them “FOTS" (20101129 - EDIT: they did - Fibre Optic Transmission System).

The MDR MDF; fibre on the right, copper on the left:

MDR; a fibre patch tray that a tech had been (accidentally?) left open. Interestingly I was asked mot to use a flash here (not that my camera had one), as that would wreck havoc with the fibre optics. Each plastic bag there contains a splice:

Migrating (and Open-Sourcing) an Historical Codebase: SVN-to-Git

I have a SVN repo on my local machine that I have been shoving stuff into since before I knew how to use revision control systems properly (...