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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 15th January 2023


May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

For more information about this web site, please click here

NTL-DTELS Annual Compensation Payment (ACP) Issue
updated 15 January 2023

If you are receiving an ACP from Virgin Media please read my latest forum posting

updated 18th January 2023

Welcome to the newest forum member
Desmond Foulger

... and Finally
Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Wishing you all the best for 2023 and hope you have a healthy and enjoyable year.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


Intercom Journals
Containing many interesting technical articles written by Directorate staff and other contributors during the 1970’s.

updated 27th January 2023

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 27th January 2023:

Keith Harewood - WT Rochester Row
Thanksgiving and Celebration of Life plus Funeral details are published here

Madhav ‘Beau’ Joglekar - TET Bishops Cleeve MU

Ernie Yard - WT Marley Hill
Joe Clare - SWT WGC (Died 2020)
Ron Suddes - WT Marley Hill
Ron Mead - WT Shapwick
Barry Brettle - WT Romsley
Clive Wankling - London Region


Personal Recollections


About Us
Historical information about the Directorate, its responsibilities, organisational structure, aims, objectives and principal customers

Active member postings and notices covering a range of topics.

New Registrations
Please follow instructions as set out in the feedback page.

A quick and convenient way to contact
Steven Cole for all DTELS.Org site matters.

Click this link for the feedback form

Image Library
Photographs covering Directorate people, places and equipment. Mouse over image below to select required topic

Image Library TopicsHeadquartersDepotsFire ServiceMaintenance UnitsOutstationsPolice ServiceEquipmentAntenna & Sites

Contact and site legal details

Miscellaneous topics, links to other sites, glossary etc


Library of Directorate publications giving an insight to the function and breadth of the organisation

Personal Recollections
Personal memories contributed by individuals who either worked for, or had contact with, the Directorate

Events, reunions and related information

Site Map
Links to every topic on this site

Background information

Articles for Publishing
As ever I welcome DTELS related articles for publishing on this site. In particular personal recollection articles as I know many of you have enjoyed these trips down memory lane

So please do your bit to record some history and send your articles by email to the address given on the feedback page.

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