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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 9th December 2017

At the time of writing I find myself looking back at another year that has flown by quickly.  Not that retirement and advancing years is making me feel any older having continued my quest for travel and just back from a fairly full-on six week trip around Eastern Australia and a chill-out break on Norfolk Island.

Although nearly twenty-four years since DTELS ceased as a public sector organisation its pleasing to know that this web site still continues to attract a good level of visitors and support from former staff.  Whilst I am of sound mind and disposition I will continue to finance and maintain this site.

DTELS Reunion Organiser Wanted
I take this opportunity to again ask for a volunteer to take over the role from myself of organising an annual or
biennial reunion in London. A popular event attracting former staff I know from feedback many people missed not having one this year.

If you are willing to take on the responsibility for organising future events please contact me using the feedback form, or ring me if you have my telephone number for further details.

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

DTELS NTL Arqiva 1990-2015 Employees

You will need to already be a Facebook user to log-in and view this page.

... and Finally
I wish you good health, happiness and fortune in 2018. 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


Site Update
7th March 2018

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


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

Active member postings and notices.  For new registrations please follow instructions as set out in the feedback page.

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Steven Cole for all DTELS.Org site matters

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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