|Tokyo Sky Tree. December 2010|
-As we gradually reach the first half-year of 2011, some countries are getting ready to phase out their analog broadcasting in the next second half.
Digital transmission not only enables the end-user to enjoy watching TV with higher resolution and a sound fidelity compared to blue-ray, but it also allows governments to reallocate the radio spectrum used with analog broadcasting and auction it to the telecommunication industry to cover new and more sophisticated mobile services, as from 17th June of 2015 countries will be able to use the frequencies actually assigned for analog transmission for digital services, according to the Geneva 2006 Agreement. With Luxembourg being the first country to have completed the full transition to digital broadcasting in September 2006, other countries such as Japan are in the countdown to the end of analog transmission, concretely on sunday the 24th of forthcoming July.
-But upgrading to digital broadcasting calls for the improvement of the equipment such as digital signal receiver and decoder or signal transmitter such as antennas.
-To be able to give a complete digital terrestrial broadcasting cover all along Tokyo and Kanto area, it is necessary to operate with a much taller antenna than the actual main broadcasting aerial, Tokyo Tower. Therefore, almost-built Tokyo Sky Tree is set to solve with its 634 meters the loss of signal in certain areas due to the high-rise buildings downtown Tokyo.
-Built in 1958, Tokyo Tower, one of Tokyo's main symbols of the ascendancy as a global economy during the 50's, will be soon replaced as a broadcasting antenna by an engineering prodigy, a catalyst for revitalization of the city that will carry along the flourish of new establishments such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
|Tokyo Sky Tree. March 2011|
-The design of the new tower was based upon the concept of the fusion of futuristic design and traditional beauty of Japan in an area located 1 km from touristic hot spot district of Asakusa and 2 km from the famous neighborhood for sumo wrestling Ryogoku. Aijiro, the predominant white color of the structure, is based on the traditional Japanese color for the lightest shade of indigo dye, which gives a light bluish tone that projects the spirit of the old town. At night, two different colors, one portraying the spirit held by commoners in the Edo period and the other one representing the elegance as a aesthetic Japanese ideal, will light up the tower magnifying Tokyo's actual night beauty. Scheduled to be completed for December 2011 and big-opening ceremony for next spring, today leads the list of tallest towers standing on earth.
-Sky Tree's closest station is Oshiage and the subway service is operated by Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Keisei Oshiage Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Isesaki Line.
-More info can be found in the homepage http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/english/