In May 2019, Bharti Airtel and HCIL said they will combine their VSAT satellite operations in the country
Bharati Airtel has entered into a joint venture with Hughes for satellite broadband services in India, noted CNBCTV18LIVE. “Bharti Airtel holds over 33 per cent stake in Hughes Communications w.e.f. yesterday after approval of the scheme of arrangement from NCLT & DoT," tweeted the news broadcaster. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the merger of VSAT, or very small aperture terminal, satellite operations of Bharti Airtel Ltd with Hughes Communications India Ltd and the latter’s subsidiary HCIL Comtel Pvt Ltd in March 2021.