When it opened in 1965, the BT tower, then known as the Post Office tower, was a piece of infrastructure that represented the height of technology and a symbol of a projected future. The tower was built as a direct response to the increasing telephone and broadcasting traffic in the late 50s and early 60s – the landline network ceased to have the capacity to cope. The tower was designed to carry 57 microwave aerials at a height that would be well clear of other tall buildings. It was equipped to handle 150,000 simultaneous telephone connections and to provide 40 channels for black and white or colour television. The building is a marker in the transition between technologies and represents forward infrastructural planning and technological advancement.
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