Some visitors and tourists faced rainy weather, which suspended operations for almost 3 hours to see the famous Parisian monument, one of the most visited monuments in the world, thanks to a new antenna. which will permeate the whole of le-de-France. Will be covered by Digital Terrestrial Radio (DAB+).
The operation, which required the agreement of Paris’s Town Hall, the Ministry of Culture and the Police Headquarters, lasted about fifteen minutes, time for the helicopter to drop the antenna at the top where a technician was waiting to fix it.
This is the first time that new equipment has been installed by helicopter on the Eiffel Tower, according to SETE (Eiffel Tower Operating Company).
Ready for “more than a year”, the operation cost about a million euros and the antenna, designed by TDF engineers, weighs 350 kg, according to the general secretary of broadcasting operator Arnaud Lukasi.
“It is a source of great pride, a historical moment, rare in the history of the Eiffel Tower. It thus reconnects with its history, being a place of technological and scientific experimentation”, Press Jean-François Martins was declared. Chairman of the set.
According to him, the “Iron Lady”, designed by architect Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, was to be destroyed twenty years later, but was “saved” by its function as a radio transmitter primarily for military purposes. .
The last antenna was placed on top of it in 2000 to allow the transmission of DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television).