Thursday, November 8, 2012

Telekom Museum

Telekom  Museum located at Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Gereja in KL is a place to be if one is interested in the nation's past history in telecommunication industry.

The history of this building begun in 1928 when it was built to accommodate the manual telephone exchange of central battery. The building is designed in the form of G and a corridor bordered in with a Courtyard. The building is characterized by Greek architecture.

Like the colonial era buildings, the building height of two floors masonry is built according to weight and structure. In the 1960s, the building was used as Headquarters of Telekom for Selangor Region. In April 1985, this building has been gazetted as one of historic building in Malaysia.

Entrance to the museum is free. The exhibition hall is located on the 1st floor of the building.

Visitor will have a chance to walk down memory lane and view the old phone models available since its inception in this country. 

The Bukit Nanas tower was built to allow the introduction of a microwave radio system. The tower which is about 400 feet high was a symbol of the nation's development. The microwave system at Bukit Nanas was linked to the whole country.

The tower on Bukit Nanas was started in 1958 and completed the following year. On 13 February 1960, Malaysia's first Prime Minister officially inaugurated the tower which was sometimes referred to as Kuala Lumpur's "Eiffel Tower". It was an important landmark in the capital.

The beginning of the use of Morse Code  which begun in Perak is well depicted here.

Communication equipment onboard vessel. Notice how bulky the equipment were before they became obsolete.

The country's first telephone directory came out in 1937. It was less than half an inch thick and it contained only the telephone numbers of government bodies and commercial firms. At that time the exchanges were manually operated and some of the subscribers had single digit numbers.

Nowadays the telephone directory would be more than a foot thick but for the fact that it is divided up with separate volumes for different states.

The Telekom technicians played essential part in the smooth operation of Malaysia telecommunication system. This picture show technicians terminating a new cable carrying 1,200 pairs of wire on the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) equipment.

This diorama depicts a typical scenario of a telephonist assistance centre. The telephonist on the left is seems working on cordless switchboard.

The last part of the museum on the 2nd floor highlights the latest achievement in telecommunication technology in this country.


wenn said...

that's interesting..would love to explore it!

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