This month we celebrate 7 years since Global Telesat Communications (GTC) was formed. We take a look back at the key moments so far and what the future holds for GTC and our customers.
December 2008 – GTC Founded
GTC was founded by Managing Director David Phipps. With previous experience in satellite communications in the US market David saw the potential in the UK for a supplier offering competitive pricing and expert advice.
GTC was launched as a family owned and run business.
December 2010 – Rental Service Launched
Originally GTC offered satellite phones for hire with a one month minimum term. Today we offer satellite phones, trackers, broadband terminals and Wi-Fi hotspots. With just a minimum term of 1 week we can ensure you stay connected wherever you travel.
Autumn 2011 – GTC launches new website
Our latest website was launched with an updated design and offering a wider range of products.
March 2012 – Amazon Storefront Launched
GTC opened our UK Amazon storefront selling a handful of products. Today we sell on Amazon storefronts in 9 different countries with over 200 products listed on each site. Purchasing through Amazon allows our customers to take advantage of additional delivery options including free delivery for Amazon Prime customers.
January 2013 – GTCTrack Launched
With satellite trackers gaining popularity it became clear that there was a need for one platform where trackers from different manufacturers could be monitored in one place. GTCTrack was developed for this purpose and is currently used by customers varying from security companies to race organisers and first aid responders.
July 2014 – GTC provides sat phones for UK leg of Tour de France
We were proud to supply 100 Globalstar GSP-1700 handsets to the organisers of the UK leg of the Tour de France.
The route through the UK covered remote locations where mobile phone coverage was poor or non existent and so sat phones were required for emergency purposes.
Globalstar phones were recommended for their excellent value for money handsets and airtime options.
December 2014 – SatCallSaver Launched
After listening to customer feedback we understood that the high cost of calling a sat phone was sometimes prohibitive to both businesses and individuals alike. SatCallSaver overcomes this problem by assigning a local number to the sat phone number – inbound callers simply call the local number at a local rate and will be diverted to the sat phone. The sat phone user will be charged a minimal charge of just $9.99 per month along with a charge to receive the call (charge varies depending on sat phone network). For frequent users the cost of the monthly fee soon outweighs the cost of calling a sat phone which can be as much as £10 per minute!
February 2015 – GTC Merger
GTC merged with Orbital Tracking Corp and its subsidiary Orbital Satcom Corp, US-based providers of satellite based tracking, voice and data communications. The three companies combined now service around 10,000 existing customers around the world. GTC remains a family run business.
July 2015 – GTC and Globalstar celebrate 5000th SPOT Device Sales Milestone
GTC reached a major sales milestone with the shipment of its 5,000th SPOT tracking device, making us one of the largest SPOT distributors in Europe. 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.
October 2015 – New Premises
GTC moved to new premises in Poole doubling in size the space we have available for employees and stock. Our new location allows an improved environment to meet with customers and demonstrate the wide range of variety of products we have on offer.
Would you like to see our products in action? Contact us to arrange an appointment.
Today GTC is a family run business with over 8,000 customers serviced by 10 employees working from Poole.
Looking to the future
We are very excited to be working on the final stages of our new website which will be launched in the New Year. The new site features improved layout and navigation and is mobile friendly.
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Thank you to all our customers for your continuing business!