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Modernization of Telecommunications in the Former GDR

  • Stephen Economides

Abstract

The Deutsche Post was the ministry in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) responsible for the operation of the telephone system. Its other duties included regular postal services and those banking facilities typical for European PTTs (Post, Telephone and Telegraph Offices) and was approximately equivalent to the Deutsche Bundespost of the Federal Republic of Germany in its organizational structure and the services it provided. The legacy of the Deutsche Post in providing telecommunications services, however, is a poor one. Dilatory, lackadaisical and inefficient service was trademark of a technically antiquated and totally inadequate system which was never able to meet the demands of a modern industrialized society. This was certainly not due to the technical incompetence of the engineers and staff. The inefficient allocation of financial and material resources did indeed play a role, but this was a problem notoriously inherent in every socialist economy.

Keywords

Telecommunication System German Democratic Republic German State Telecommunication Service Telephone Service 
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