The Almaty Television Tower was built between 1975 to 1983. It is one of the most seismically stable and tallest buildings in the world. It is the second tallest building in Kazakhstan and 32nd in the world. The tower is located on the slopes of the Kok-Tube at a height of 372m above sea level. To date the tower is closed to tourist. Here is an exclusive view of the tower both from the outside and from within.
TV broadcasts here are still being done in analogue. By 2015, Kazakhstan plans to introduce the new Digital Broadcating technology.The first stage of this transformation begins next year with the installation of transmitters at Almaty, Karaganda and Astana. The tower’s basement is to undergo reconstruction to make the tower capable of transmitting digitally. The situation at the tower remains the same as in the Soviet era. But after the introduction of digital equipment, it will be quite different.
The last transformation at the tower was done in 2002, when equipment was changed from tube to transistor.
Each studio has its own transmitter. Earlier on the studios were located at the second floor. From here popular radio stations used to broadcast. But due to the remoteness of the area, the studios had to move their bases to the city. It turns out that their equipment are located at the tower while the rest of the work is done at a different location.
The On-call or rather Duty Room. Each “Duty-day” is handled by a panel of six workers in four shifts.
An operator on duty. Their work is mainly to make sure that the transmissions run smoothly without any interruption. They also monitor audio-visual programs to ensure that continuous operation is provided. They check the input and output quality ensuring that weak signals are shifted to a reserve one. Generally, they monitor the smooth functionability of the entire tower.
The remote control for back-up signal management. Each channel has its own source control.