The partnership will bring amazing synergies to the forefront and combine the proven capabilities of both Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The partnership will bring amazing synergies to the forefront and combine the proven capabilities of both Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Airtel, Hughes to combine India VSAT operations

  • Hughes will have majority ownership in the combined entity and Airtel will have a significant shareholding
  • The combined entity will be able to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a wide range of quality products and service

India’s Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd. (HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, have announced an agreement to combine their VSAT operations in India.

The transaction is subject to approvals by relevant authorities.

Hughes will have majority ownership in the combined entity and Airtel will have a significant shareholding, the company said without divulging other details.

HCIL provides a comprehensive range of broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments.

The combined entity will be able to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a wide range of quality products and service, Airtel said in a statement on Tuesday.

A very small aperture terminal (VSAT) is a two-way satellite ground station with a dish antenna.

“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," Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said.

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