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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 7th December 2018

At the time of writing this message its just over two weeks to go before the seasons festivities begin and a time to reflect on past years activities, spend time with my family then start making plans for 2019 travel and projects.

The 25th Anniversary reunion on 28th February 2019 is shaping up nicely with nearly sixty people attending. I do hope a few more names will be forthcoming for this one-off event before bookings close on 1st February.

Site Update
A few photo additions, two from Martin Swift relating to Garway site and one added to Bishops Cleeve MU.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune. Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


New Visitor to this Site?
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).

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DTELS 25th Anniversary Reunion
updated 29h January 2019

Bookings for this special anniversary reunion to be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 in Central London has now closed.  I have just circulated an email to all attendees who have previously contacted me and received an acknowledgement that you were on the list.

If you have not received my email dated 29th January containing details of the venue, times, list of attendees etc please contact me after you have checked it’s not in your spam box.

Pictures From The Event
Pictures from the event will be posted on this site by mid-March.  Sixty-two people are expected to attend on the day, a record for the London reunions.

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updated 30th January 2019

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 30th January 2019:

George Smith - Tavistock


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