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# 49647 19-Nov-2009 22:58
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Hey guys,

Just letting you know that we all just got back from a big Telecom Exchange tour with 5 of the moderators from Geekzone.

There are a bunch of pictures that have been taken which we can upload, as well as some video as well, showing the whole trip.

The following was the original invite that was sent out to some of the top posters and bloggers across NZ.

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Hey guys,

I am in the middle of organising a Geek Exchange Tour with Telecom Wholesale - an exchange, cabinet, cablepit etc and this is happening on the 19th from about 1pm onward.

We are not fussed if you are pro-Telecom or not, and our goal was that we can keep it frank and honest about exactly what and why Telecom are doing things, you will be welcome to bring camera's and or video and they are welcome to post honest feedback of what you thought of the trip.

At the conclusion of the trip, we have organised some Beer, Pizza and an informal catchup with the Broadband Product managers from Wholesale, where you can ask them the hard questions.

We had a very limited invite list,but managed half of those invited was from GZ,based on how it goes, we may consider doing it again later, covering different elements, or introducing to different teams (but no promises).


Here are some of the pics and vids:
http://www.gpforums.co.nz/thread/372421/5/?s=
http://www.pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=105103
http://twitpic.com/photos/nate_dunn
http://www.adslgeek.com/dslforum/index.php?topic=207

Cheers,
ADSLGeek


P.S. My first post seemed to lock up on me, so there looks like some orphaned post..

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  # 274630 20-Nov-2009 00:45
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I find the hardhats hilarious! Was there a risk of the exchange falling down? With all those cables, generators, and battery banks around, wouldn't a pair of thick rubber gloves be more appropriate safety attire?

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  # 274648 20-Nov-2009 08:37
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I got a tour around the Airdale street building many many years ago...my father worked for Telecom at the time. Things have changed a lot since then :-p





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  # 274652 20-Nov-2009 09:01
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Most Awesome - many thanks go out to adslgeek and the team at telecom.

It was a really informative and interesting afternoon, hope to see some more events like that coming up!

Cheers again

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  # 274657 20-Nov-2009 09:25
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Jarno: I find the hardhats hilarious! Was there a risk of the exchange falling down? With all those cables, generators, and battery banks around, wouldn't a pair of thick rubber gloves be more appropriate safety attire?


The hard hats were because we went down into the cable pit at the exchange, and there was the potential to smack your head on the manhole or ladder.

Not sure why we kept them on after coming up from under the exchange Smile

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  # 274666 20-Nov-2009 09:43
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nate: 
The hard hats were because we went down into the cable pit at the exchange, and there was the potential to smack your head on the manhole or ladder.



<confession>I did clunk my hard hat on the way back up the ladder ...</confession>

Not sure why we kept them on after coming up from under the exchange Smile



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  # 274669 20-Nov-2009 09:47
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You can see the Orcon kit next to the TelstraClear kit in the Access Seekers cage.

We have 6 MSANS in that exchange, which contain around 1000 ports DSL/POTS each.






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  # 274750 20-Nov-2009 14:44
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Wazza geek - actually I noticed that when we were out at the Cabinet looking at the Whisper cabinets, you were actually one of only 2 others still wearing them....now I understand why.

Sounddude - What are the MSANS? Is that Siemens? (You don't have to reply of course).

 
 
 
 


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  # 274805 20-Nov-2009 19:09
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Anyone got photos or a writeup? I have always wanted to get a full tour but never had the chance




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  # 274810 20-Nov-2009 19:17
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I think when the local cabinet got upgraded, it was upgraded to a whisper cabinet. It looks like the one on the photos anyway. Lucky lot, beers and pizzas after!




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  # 274848 20-Nov-2009 22:20
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> Anyone got photos or a writeup? I have always wanted to get a full tour but never had the chance

I am working on the write up, and there are heaps of photos listed at the start of the thread. Any new pics will be up at:

http://www.adslgeek.com/dslforum/index.php?topic=207

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  # 274856 20-Nov-2009 23:16
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raytaylor: Anyone got photos or a writeup? I have always wanted to get a full tour but never had the chance


I'll try to have a full blog post up on Monday morning, scottjpalmer and juha were also there so they may beat me to it.



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  # 275218 22-Nov-2009 16:28
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I haven't had time to edit the Video cause I had a bit of the ol PC probs this morning, but I have uploaded another short Video from the cabinets from a slightly different angle.

http://www.adslgeek.com/dslforum/index.php?topic=207



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  # 275729 24-Nov-2009 09:45
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  # 276321 25-Nov-2009 21:44
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Lucky buggers, is there any chance of similar tours being organised in other parts of the country?  May I suggest Christchurch next? Smile



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  # 276373 26-Nov-2009 02:16
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It has been bloody popular and Nicole (Telecom Wholesale) had said they were open to another tour in say Wellington. And / or ChCh.

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