RUNDFUNK-UND FERNMELDE-TECHNIK (RFT)

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RFT was not a manufacturer but consortium of state-owned companies (VEB) in the field of radio and television in the former DDR (East Germany). There were two RFT sections. The first one, known as VEB Kombinat Rundfunk- und Fernsehtechnik, was for civil broadcast electronics, such as radio and television sets. The second one was less well known. It was called VEB Kombinat Nachrichtenelektronik and was active in the field of communications technology.

 The communications branch of RFT consisted of 14 companies (VEBs) and one research institute in Berlin (later: ZFTN). This consortium produced a wide variety of communications equipment, such as intercept receivers, telephones, hand-held and mobile two-way radios, and antennas, for which they held the exclu

RFT was not a manufacturer but consortium of state-owned companies (VEB) in the field of radio and television in the former DDR (East Germany). There were two RFT sections. The first one, known as VEB Kombinat Rundfunk- und Fernsehtechnik, was for civil broadcast electronics, such as radio and television sets. The second one was less well known. It was called VEB Kombinat Nachrichtenelektronik and was active in the field of communications technology.

 The communications branch of RFT consisted of 14 companies (VEBs) and one research institute in Berlin (later: ZFTN). This consortium produced a wide variety of communications equipment, such as intercept receivers, telephones, hand-held and mobile two-way radios, and antennas, for which they held the exclusive production rights. They worked mainly for East German government organisations, such as the National People's Army (NVA), the police and Ministry for State Security (MfS) also known as the Stasi.

 This RFT consortium mainly manufactured radios, television sets and other domestic appliances, although some companies also produced equipment that would normally have been the field of the Kombinat Nachrichtenelektronik.


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