[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Telecom local netwoks

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon Jun 11 01:18:38 UTC 2018

On 11/06/18 10:15, Andrew Harvey wrote:
> On 11 June 2018 at 08:14, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com 
> <mailto:graemefitz1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 11 June 2018 at 01:52, Fran├žois Lacombe
>     <fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com <mailto:fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         A telephone exchange is a particular device inside a central
>         office.
>         We look forward to map places, not devices for now.
>         People used to put man_made=telephone_exchange or man_made=MDF
>         to tag a building/place while it's only particular devices inside.
>     Thanks for that, but I'm afraid that the continual OSM worldwide
>     translation problem is raising it's ugly head yet again.
>     In Australia at least, "telephone exchange" refers to the building
>     itself, which houses the Main Frame (where all the cables are
>     terminated) & the various types of switching equipment. In 20
>     years of working for our Telecom, I never heard the phrase
>     "Central Office" - the closest thing that would refer to is an
>     Admin Office of some sort.
> +1, most of the time that building would have a name like "... 
> Exchange" and tagged currently as simply man_made=telephone_exchange. 
> This makes it easy to survey from the outside without working in the 
> industry to know exactly what's going on inside the building.
> Central office is confusing to me as it sounds like it's the head 
> office of the company, ie. office=telecommunication.
> I know these terms are different by country and we need a global tag, 
> but just letting you know the proposed usage would be very confusing 
> for Australia.

It may also be confusing in Britain.


Youtube .. 1970s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kh5llVpxOk 1min 20secs

In 1976 the last manual telephone exchange in the United Kingdom at 
Portree in the Isle of Skye closed.

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