Global Telesat Communications (GTC) wasestablished in Poole, UK in 2008 as a family owned and run business, providing satellite communications hardware, airtime, mapping and related services which operate via satellite on the world’s leading commercial satellite networks. We enable wireless communications in areas not served or underserved by regular landline or mobile networks, or in circumstances where these networks are not operational due to natural or man-made disasters. Many of our products and services offer 100% global coverage thereby allowing users in remote locations to make phone calls, connect to the internet and track assets or personnel anywhere in the world.
We offer equipment and airtime for use on all the major satellite networks including Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya and together with our US sister company, Orbital Satcom, we have provided global satellite connectivity solutions to more than 35,000 customers located in over 160 countries across the world.
2008-2012 - The Early Years
GTC is a family run business that opened its doors in December 2008. We spent the early years selling satellite communications hardware and airtime, and then launched our rental service in 2010. As the business grew, we revamped our website in 2011 and joined Amazon as a seller in 2012.
2013-2014 - Half a Decade of Business
By 2013, we stocked the Iridium 9575 Extreme, SPOT Gen 3 and started selling inReach Devices. We launched our online mapping service, GTCTrack in 2013, then introduced the GTCTrack App a year later. In 2014 we introduced more new products, including the Thuraya XT-LITE, Iridium GO! , inReach Explorer, SPOT Trace and IsatPhone 2. Also. we sponsored our GTC customer, Dave Cornthwaite, and provided Satellite Phones for the Tour de France.
2015 - Change of Scenery
In 2015, we broaden our rental service to include Satellite Phones, Trackers, Wi-Fi hotspots and BGAN units. We also continued to sponsor events specifically the Marathon des Sables and supported more GTC customers such as Alex Hibbert, David Hempleman and Sam Greatrex. 2015 also marked the year we merged with Orbital Satcom and moved to premises at Nuffield Road.
2016 - More and More Devices
By 2016, we stocked more new products including the SatSleeve+, SatSleeve Hotspot, XT-PRO and XT-PRO Dual from Thuraya, SmarOne C, Iridium PTT and ACR Aqualink 350B PLB! Additionally, we increased our sponsorships by supporting Team Rubicon, Paul Sinclair, John Beardmore, Roy Partington and the Blackmore 2 Black Sea expeditions.
2017 - Another Milestone
2017 marked another milestone for SPOT, as we reach over 10,000 sales of SPOT devices by January 2017. The inReach SE+ from Garmin joined our product portfolio and we sponsored a familiar face, Dave Cornthwaite on another expedition. We also supported the Mongol Rally and local World Record holders on their Oarsome Odyssey.
2018 - A Decade in Business
2018 marks our 10th Anniversary in business and we have achieved some huge milestones along the way! This year we sponsored World Record holder, Ross Edgely, as well as Jenny Davis, Louis-Philippe Loncke and the Last Night a DJ Saved My LIfe expedition. Our team has also grown to 14 Employees as we continue to expand our business - which now consists of a broad product portfolio and selling products to over 30,000 customers in 130 countries.