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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 25th May 2017

2016 Reunion

DTELS Reunion 2016
Thirty-seven people attended this years reunion at the Civil Service Club on Tuesday 29th November 2016.  Click here to see the photos.

It’s good to know that after 22 years since DTELS as an organisation ceased to exist that reunions are still maintained in both London and the regions.  Please do send me pictures or details of such events and I will be happy to publish.

Howard Lee; GMP 1982 Pope John Paul visit

Jan Kosminski; Home Office Circulars to Police Forces from 1949-1966

John Westcott; National Audit Office report into the sale of DTELS to NTL dated 8/1995

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.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune, may 2017 be a good year for you.

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 11 Jul 17

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 11 July 2017:

Ron “Goldie” Jones - Aerial Rigger Bridgend

added 17 August 2017

Michael Walker has written in to say he has set up a Facebook page for ex-DTELS staff under the following name:

DTELS NTL Arqiva 1990-2015 Employees

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DTELS Reunion Organiser Wanted
updated 5 December 2016

Having attended the last eleven reunions held in London and organised the 2011-16 events, due to other commitments I need to relinquish the role.  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.

If the events are to continue at the Civil Service Club then ideally it requires someone who already holds club membership.

The event has continued to be well supported and it would be a great pity if future events could not be held due to no one being prepared to take on the organisers role.


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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