Indian full-service provider Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Limited (HCIL) – part of satellite group Hughes Network Systems – have agreed to combine their VSAT operations in India. Under the deal, Hughes will have majority ownership of the enlarged company whilst Airtel will retain a significant minority shareholding. In a statement from Airtel, the provider noted that the combined entity would benefit from enhanced scale, improved operational efficiencies and a wider market reach. The merged company will be able to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a wide range of products and services. The tie-up deal is subject to regulatory approvals.
Airtel Business Director and CEO Ajay Chitkara was quoted as saying of the merger: ‘We are pleased to combine our VSAT operations with Hughes to serve the connectivity needs of Digital India. The partnership will bring amazing synergies to the forefront and combine the proven capabilities of both the companies. Customers can look forward to highly secure and reliable connectivity solutions across the length and breadth of India.’