GTC Provide Satellite Tracker for David Hempleman-Adams Polar Ocean Challenge

polar ice.epsAdventurer David Hempleman-Adams has spent the last forty years exploring the most challenging but stunning terrains on our planet and embarking on the sorts of adventures that most of us would only dream of attempting. He is internationally renowned after becoming the first person in history to complete the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’ which means that he has not only reached the North and South Poles but also the summit of the highest mountains on all seven continents – but he still has at least one more challenge to complete!

Next year David will set off on the ‘voyage of a lifetime’: The Polar Ocean Challenge. He intends to be the first British man to circumnavigate the North Pole and is prepared to face daily peril from pack ice for the chance to achieve an ambition he has held for over 20 years whilst promoting the devastating effects of global warming.

David-Hempleman-AdamsThe voyage would have been impossible in the past due to the lack of ice free months in the Arctic Ocean and so the fact that it is now possible illustrates the extent that climate change is affecting the landscape of our planet. David hopes to collect scientific readings throughout the voyage that will improve our understanding of the true impact of global warming and he will also promote the cause through education by visiting schools on his journey.

We are providing David with a vsatellite tracker that uses the global Iridium network and will enable him to share his GPS coordinates, course, speed and elevation in real-time with friends and family. The inReach SE will also allow David to send and receive messages and perhaps most importantly considering the dangerous areas he will be traversing he will have constant access to an SOS button.

GTC wish David the best of luck! If you are interested in joining him on his voyage of a lifetime please click here for more information on how to get involved.

World’s smallest commercial one-way satellite asset tracker from Globalstar now in stock

SmartOne-C-Satellite-Asset-TrackerThe long-awaited SmartOne C is now in stock at Global Telesat Communications.

Key product features include:

  • Accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion
  • Ability to dynamically report asset status and monitor faults
  • Excellent battery life of over 1.5 years
  • Ability to function as stand-alone device – does not require external antennas or line-power

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Polar Expedition Leader Alex Hibbert discusses his satellite communications set-up

Polar-LandscapeAlex-HibbertAlex Hibbert is a world record-holding polar traveller who has skied further on an unsupported Arctic journey than anyone in history.  He relies on a variety of Iridium satellite comms devices provided by GTC to keep in touch in the harsh environments he encounters.

We spoke to Alex about his use of satellite phones and find out how he applauds GTC for their “no-nonsense approach” to customer service.

“Just one example of GTC's support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

“Just one example of GTC’s support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

When did you first begin to use satellite phones?

“By the time I launched myself into the expedition world in the late 2000s, satellite communications were very much in command; traditional radios had been outdated and replaced. Nonetheless, early models were simple in design, far behind even the fledgling mobile phones of the time, expensive and with glitches.”

How did your relationship with GTC develop?

“I began as a customer of GTC in 2011, attracted by their keen pricing and no-nonsense approach to customer service. If I needed a straight answer to a question that had major safety ramifications, I knew I’d get it. Handsets came and went over the years, and data solutions started appearing. A few years ago GTC formalised its support of my projects and vice versa – grown in the way sponsorships should be: from a long accumulation of trust and excellent performance and not due to being the highest bidder.”

Alex uses the Iridium Extreme to keep in touch on his Polar expeditions

Alex uses the Iridium Extreme to keep in touch on his Polar expeditions

What satellite communications equipment do you currently use?

“My current outfit is the Iridium 9575 Extreme and AxcessPoint for data (with a second AxcessPoint and 9555 handset for redundancy). The ruggedness of the handset itself and the quality batteries (critical on long journeys) combines with a far more reliable Iridium satellite network than transpired in the past.”

How will you change your communications set-up as technology advances?

“As the next generation of Iridium appears, with the GO! data terminal and its replacements to take advantage of long-awaited fast Iridium data bandwidth, I will entrust GTC to make sure I stay connected. Just one example of their support, having had a 9575 charging adapter crunched by the jaws of a polar bear alarm dog, was to have a replacement fast-tracked half way around the world.”

Find our more about Alex at

Thuraya announce expansion of SatSleeve range with Thuraya SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot


Thuraya have announced two new additions to the popular SatSleeve range – a range of accessories which allow you turn your smartphone into a satellite phone.  SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot join SatSleeve for Android and SatSleeve for iOS launched in 2013.

SatSleeve+ comes with a universal smartphone adapter, broadening its appeal to a larger number of smartphone owners than was previously possible.  The adapter also allows users to switch between handsets,so owners of more than one smartphone do not need to buy additional kit.  It also features a new and improved voice routing system that broadcasts the call directly from the smartphone.

SatSleeve Hotspot’s stand creates a portable satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing users to use their smartphones for satellite connectivity without physically docking to a unit. This feature is also ideal for those who want the freedom to make and receive calls indoors. The SatSleeve Hotspot is the smallest, lightest, and most capable in the industry.

Both models let you make calls, use messaging applications, update your social network, send and receive email and SMS, and access apps. They also come with an additional safety feature – a programmable SOS button that works even if your smartphone isn’t connected. This convenient function lets customers call a predefined number of their choice.

Iridium Push-to-Talk now available from Global Telesat Communications

Global Telesat Communications is pleased to have been approved by Iridium as an Authorized Iridium Push-to-Talk Reseller

Iridium’s Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service. It enables fast, simple, and global group communications at the push of a button, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth.

Iridium can deliver push-to-talk the way it was meant to be, without the expense and limitations of traditional ground-based towers and repeaters.

Iridium PTT Handset

Iridium PTT Handset

Iridium Push-to-Talk users will make a connection using the Iridium PTT Handset which facilitates global push-to-talk service as well as all the popular features of the Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone including voice, SMS, and GPS tracking via satellite.

The Iridium Extreme PTT has an IP65 rating which means it is dust proof, shock resistant and jet water resistant. It also offers military-grade 810F durability.

Iridium PTT Control Center

Iridium PTT Control Center

There are various airtime options for Iridium PTT depending on how many users and regions you need to use the system in.  PTT plans have just a one month minimum term and Monthly Fees start from $750 for 2 x PTT handsets operating within 100,000 km2.

See all PTT Airtime Options

Once the user has set-up their desired Talk Group Plan with GTC all Talk Group and Handset settings can be controlled directly by the user through the Iridium PTT Command Center.

Talk Groups

  • Have a Monthly Fee based upon the Size Limit
  • Can contain an unlimited number of handsets (there will be a separate monthly fee for each handset)
  • Can be set by the user in the Control Center in Circular or Rectangular areas or by using specific latitude / longitude coordinates in a list view
  • Can be split into up to 10 different coverage “regions”. There are no restrictions on where the coverage may be placed on the earth.


  • Can be assigned to a maximum of 15 Talk Groups
  • Will be charged a single Monthly Fee for PTT
  • Standard Iridium Voice & Data services will require a separate contract

Iridium Push-To-Talk can only be purchased through an Authorized Reseller who has undertaken specific PTT Training.

Contact us on 01202 801290 to discuss Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) options to suit your requirements.

DeLorme inReach SE hailed “one of the most significant developments in outdoor safety in the last decade” by GTC customer Ray Mears

"Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs"

“Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs”

Offering global coverage and an affordable price point it’s no wonder that the DeLorme range of satellite trackers are some of our bestselling products here at Global Telesat Communications.

GTC have been supplying DeLorme trackers for 3 years to customers for many different uses – from customers undertaking Atlantic crossings, polar explorations and cross-continent road trips to those working in dangerous or remote locations.

One of our customers who has really put the SE device through its paces is leading authority on Survival Skills and Bushcraft, Ray Mears.  During a recent catch up with Ray he shared his thoughts on the personal satellite tracker.

“The inReach SE is one of the most significant developments in outdoor safety in the last decade. For anyone heading off the beaten trail or travelling in remote wilderness the ability to send a distress SOS message is comforting. But perhaps more importantly, the ability to communicate two ways by text or email enables the user to receive updated information from home and to modify plans during an expedition.”

Photo courtesy of

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Ray went on to say “In an emergency the ability to both send and receive data can help rescue services to understand the nature of a problem and to tailor their response accordingly. Compact in size and weight it is finding its way to an ever increasing number of packs. For independent travellers it is also a reliable way to simply stay in touch with family and friends when travelling off grid.”


Read more examples of GTC customers and how they use their DeLorme:

British Adventurer completes Expedition1000 after kayaking 1000 miles with a DeLorme inReach Explorer

Antony Jinman Completes South Pole Mission

Check out Jon Beardmore’s DeLorme page, driving on a 25,000 mile round trip to China/South East Asia and back.

Iridium help Benegas Brothers Reach Remote Villages in Nepal

Nepal011Guillermo (Willie) and Damian Benegas are twin brothers from Patagonia who run Benegas Brothers Expeditions and take groups on expeditions and adventures all over the world. They were guiding a group on Everest earlier this year when disaster struck – the first earthquake hit Nepal and they quickly set up a rescue project called “Nepal Relief: Building a Path to Recovery”. The project was established to provide aid to remote villages all over Nepal through a system of local porters who delivered food and supplies to some of the worst affected areas. They needed a reliable form of communication to provide logistical support and chose the Iridium Pilot Satellite Terminal. The terminal also provided a hugely appreciated form of communication for locals who were desperate to hear from loved ones for the first time since the earthquake. Willie explains just how vital the terminal was:

“One of the key elements of this project, ‘Nepal Relief: Building a Path to Recovery,’ that has enabled us to succeed is access to a reliable communication system. During our planning and organization, Iridium provided us with the Iridium Pilot Land Station, which allowed us to set up quickly for deployment in a remote location. Powered by the Iridium® global satellite network, the equipment gave us the ability to communicate worldwide with our logistics partners, enabling real-time updates on weather conditions and ETA of supplies. But beyond the technical aspects of our project, and even more importantly, the Iridium Pilot Land Station provided the village of Laprak with a means to communicate with loved ones who had been separated since the first earthquake on April 25th.

I have been using satellite modems and telephones for years in my job as an Everest mountain guide. I have to say that this unit far exceeded my expectations. We have three Iridium Extreme satellite phones with us as well, which have allowed us to create an invaluable network with access to communication 24/7. To get the project off the ground, we were sending guides on remote, exploratory missions to other villages where we are trying to provide relief in the most extreme terrain. Knowing that they were equipped with these reliable tools gave us an incredible peace of mind. We knew that if anything went wrong they could contact us immediately in an emergency situation, and we would be able to respond with help. As of today, we’ve moved 20 metric tons of relief supplies to remote areas of Nepal through our system of hired porters and are continually working to move supplies to all the villages above Laprak. This project will take at least one more month, with a goal to provide enough supplies to last local communities three months.

Nepal022In the end, I am the most grateful for one particular moment that will stay with me forever: seeing the smile of a mother who was finally able to talk to her son who had been air-lifted to Kathmandu. For 20 days, she had no form of communication with him and, as a result, no idea if he was even alive. To see her smile and her eyes shining when she heard his voice again for the first time was amazing. I am so grateful to Iridium for the support they’ve provided to us through equipment and connectivity, but the locals in Laprak must be the most thankful. In so many ways, Iridium has provided a truly critical lifeline to the people of Nepal.” – Guillermo (Willie) Benegas, Benegas Brothers Expeditions

We offer satellite broadband terminal rentals and also have a wide variety of terminal options available to buy. If you are interested in purchasing or renting a satellite terminal please take a look at our website or give us a call to discuss your requirements on 0800 112 3919.

Product Update: Iridium Push-to-Talk


Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

What is Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT)?

Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service. It enables fast, simple, and global group communications at the push of a button, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth.

Iridium can deliver push-to-talk the way it was meant to be, without the expense and limitations of traditional ground-based towers and repeaters.

What does the Iridium Push-to-Talk system comprise of?

The solution includes the Iridium PTT service; the Iridium Command Center, the cloud-based management system where radios and talk groups are managed; and the Iridium PTT radios, including the Iridium Extreme® PTT (MSRP $1,599) and other devices powered by the Iridium PTT 9523 Core transceiver, which enables manufacturing partners to further expand the enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

When using PTT , the handheld device gives your team access to unparalleled situation awareness and control features, including:

  • Automatic registration
  • Over-the-air talkgroup programming
  • PTT service status
  • Dynamic talkgroup selection and monitoring
  • Device talker ID
  • Device talker distance and bearing
  • Visual and audio talkgroup scan

PTTWho would use Iridium Push-to-Talk?

Iridium PTT is applicable in every corner of the globe in every industry. It goes above and beyond current satellite and terrestrial offerings, working globally, utilizing small and portable devices, through instant connections.

Globalstar and Global Telesat Communications Celebrate 5,000th SPOT Device Sales Milestone

Orbital Tracking Corp., (OTCQB:TRKK) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Global Telesat Communications Ltd. (GTCL) and Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd (NYSE MKT:GSAT) reached a major sales milestone with the shipment of its 5,000th SPOT tracking device, making GTCL one of the largest SPOT distributors in Europe and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Mobile Satellite Solutions (MSS) including satellite mobile voice, data and tracking services.

Since forming its initial Distributor Agreement with Globalstar in early 2013, GTCL has significantly expanded its global sales and distribution efforts to include Globalstar’s unique line-up of high quality satellite voice and duplex data solutions, satellite phones, airtime plans and accessories. GTCL has seen considerable SPOT sales growth across a number of recreational consumer verticals including outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, competitive sports including runners and cyclists and in commercial use for remote field worker scenarios providing increased worker safety and communications capabilities.

SPOT products offer users worldwide peace of mind, by allowing them to track their assets, use location-based messaging and emergency notification technology and to make calls beyond the reach of mobile signals. Over the past seven years, lone-workers and outdoor enthusiasts have come to depend on SPOT’s life-saving capabilities. SPOT products have been used to initiate over 3,500 rescues globally and are currently at an average of a rescue every day. In 2014, there were 27 rescues in Europe alone.

“Our partnership with Globalstar has never been stronger and we are pleased to have reached this notable sales milestone in such a short timeframe. Thanks to Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to building one of the most advanced and capable second-generation satellite constellations, along with its expansion into new markets, such as in Africa with the launch of its Botswana gateway, we are seeing a great many new, untapped sales opportunities for our portfolio of cost-effective and reliable MSS products,” said David Phipps, Managing Director of Global Telesat Communications.

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

Globalstar recently completed a constellation-wide upgrade programme including the launch of 24 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. In addition to upgrading its satellite fleet, it is also modernising its ground station network such as in Gaborone, Botswana which has extended Globalstar’s reach into Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We wish to commend GTCL for this sales achievement and for its work as a valuable Globalstar partner. Supported by the industry’s most modern and robust satellite communications platform, GTCL plays a critical role in ensuring that SPOT is the clear choice for customers around the globe who require reliable connectivity and accurate GPS tracking solutions,” said Mark O’Connell, Director of European Sales & Business Operations at Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.


Just some of the awards that SPOT devices have won:

Iridium improve GO! Plans to include voice calls

Good news for Iridium GO! customers – Iridium has announced improvements to the existing Iridium GO! Post-Paid Bundle plans.

Iridium GO!

Iridium GO! Hotspot allows you to use your smartphone to make phone calls via satellite

Customers on the 75 and 150 minute bundle plans can now also use voice minutes as part of those inclusive bundles.  Also customers on the Unlimited Plan can now take advantage of an additional 150 minutes of voice calls at no additional charge.  Voice calls included on these plans are to fixed and mobile numbers anywhere in the world.

These changes are effective for existing and new activations and will come into effect on 1 August.

Check out our Iridium GO! plans