GTC celebrates seven years since formation

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

largeGTC 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

isatphone-2-in-use-20141015005-1200x801Originally 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.

Read more about our rental range

Autumn 2011 – GTC launches new website

Our latest website was launched with an updated design and offering a wider range of products.

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March 2012 – Amazon Storefront Launched
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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.

Visit our UK Amazon Storefront

 

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.

Read more about GTCTrack

July 2014 – GTC provides sat phones for UK leg of Tour de France

Globalstar-GSP-1700We 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.

Read more about sat phones provided for Tour de France

December 2014 – SatCallSaver Launched

SatCallSaver-LogoAfter 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!

Read more about SatCallSaver

 

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.

 

SPOT Gen3 Personal Tracker

SPOT Gen3 Personal Tracker

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.

Read more about GTC’s SPOT sales history

 

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.

 

December 2015

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.

Sneak peak of the new GTC website, due to launch in Q1 2016

Sneak peak of the new GTC website, due to launch in Q1 2016

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Thank you to all our customers for your continuing business!

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

Order SmartOne C Online Today

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 www.alexhibbert.com

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

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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.

Handsets

  • 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 www.raymears.com

Photo courtesy of www.raymears.com

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.”

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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.  https://share.delorme.com/JonBeardmore

Product Update: Iridium Push-to-Talk

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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

Globalstar now offering Pan-African Satellite Coverage

Globalstar announced last week that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling Globalstar to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent. This new gateway provides Globalstar’s full line of simplex services, including its SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Trace devices which offer affordable personal tracking.

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Much of the African continent has limited terrestrial and/or cellular infrastructure. In these regions in particular, Globalstar’s satellite services, which leverage the industry’s only complete next generation satellite constellation in orbit, provide a compelling must-have solution for seamless tracking of people and assets. The Globalstar network enables professional, corporate and government users to monitor vital infrastructure and can also enhance the effectiveness of life-saving emergency first responder services.

“Expanding our service throughout Africa demonstrates Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to making our technology globally accessible,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “We see this region as a significant growth opportunity for our low cost satellite solutions. For the first time, people and industries in this burgeoning region will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to working with BBi to make our technology available to more people and businesses across Africa.”