Pye Telecom Story
Pye Telecom and Pye Sports & Social Club, St Andrews Road, Cambridge
With thanks and acknowledgements to Richard Howes (Pye Telecom) Copyright © Richard Howes for Pye Telecom material acknowledged
Pye Telecommunications Ltd grew from 20 staff in 1945 to more than 2500 and became the largest and most profitable part of the Pye Group of companies over the next 70+ years.
over the years
1944-1947 Telecoms Division of Pye Ltd
1947–1986 Pye Telecom Ltd
1992–1996 Philips Telecom PMR
1996–2002 Simoco International
2002–today Team Simoco
2002–today Sepura PLC
Some of the things Pye Telecom did ...
• Radio systems and networks
• HF VHF and UHF radio transmitters and receivers
• VHF UHF and microwave link equipment
• Sales, via own sales force, dealers and agents
• Installation, commissioning & maintenance worldwide
• Systems, Service and Spares divisions
How big was Pye Telecom?
Grew from 20 to 1500 employees in first 10 years.
2500 UK employees in 1985 and 3500 worldwide in 1997.
Contributed 60% of Pye profits.
85% of the UK radio communications market.
Responsible for 60% of all radio communications exports from the UK.
Main Company Locations
UK production in Cambridge, Haverhill, Airdrie, Dublin.
Secondary production in Cambridge, Leiston.
Sales offices, distributors and agents in 93 countries.
Overseas Pye production in India, Australia.
Later, design and production in Australia, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, India, UK.
First in many fields
UK mobile radiotelephone – 1946
UK marine business radio – 1946.
Instrument Landing System – 1946
Dash mounted radiotelephone – 1948
Marine radiotelephone – 1948
Radiotelephone up Mount Everest – 1953
Worlds longest VHF radio link - 1955-1957
UK car-phone system – 1960
Transistorised radiotelephones – 1962
UHF handheld portable – 1964
Electronic telephone exchange PABX – 1966
All semi-conductor radiotelephone – 1967
Transatlantic tropo-scatter system -1955
UK analogue trunking systems
Tetra mobiles and portables
Where did Pye Telecom begin?
Pye Ltd engineering staff who had worked on Army radio equipment during WW2 transferred from Pye Labs to form a separate mobile radio team.
How did Pye Telecom sell?
Own dedicated UK sales force, organised by professional market sectors:
• Police & Fire
• Home Office
• Fuel & Power
• Water Authorities
• Business & Industry