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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 11th August 2018

Having enjoyed a sustained period of good weather in Devon compared to previous years the current bout of rain is welcome if only to bring back colour to the lawns and hopefully add to depleted reservoirs.

Site Update
Shapwick Reunion
Lynn and I attended the Shapwick reunion held in early July hosted by Liz and Andy Twose at their home in Somerset.  Pictures from this event can be seen here.

Silver Jubilee 1977
Photos from Chris Barron taken at the Silver Jubilee Exhibition held at the Police Training School Hendon in May 1977.

DTELS 25th Anniversary Reunion
28th February 1994 will be a poignant time for ex-Directorate staff as this was the last day the organisation ceased to exist as a public sector entity.  I feel it would be a lost opportunity and a shame if a reunion was not held to mark the 25th anniversary.  Since nobody has offered to take over the role of reunion organiser from me I am prepared to organise a lunchtime buffet style reunion in Central London at the end of February 2019 subject to suitable venue availability and sufficient interest being shown.

If you are ex-DTELS and would be interested in attending a reunion sometime during the last week of February 2019 please send me an email with your name and stating “25th Anniversary Reunion” by 23rd August 2018 so I can gauge likely numbers.  The email address is:


A facebook page setup by Michael Walker for ex-DTELS staff can be found by searching: 

DTELS NTL Arqiva 1990-2015 Employees

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... 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


BEREAVEMENTS  updated 25 June 18

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 25th June 2018:

Charles Joseph - Headquarters


DTELS Marketing Brochure 1993


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).

For more information about this web site, please click here.


MADE Intercom 4 - Page 14 (November 1973)
Mobile Automatic Data Experiment (MADE)
Intercom 4 (November 1973) Page 14

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

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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
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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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