Combination of India’s leading VSAT operators brings needed scale, efficiencies and reach to enable the networks that power Digital India
Washington, DC, May 7, 2019 – SATELLITE 2019, Booth 1100 – Hughes Communications India Ltd, (HCIL), a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, and Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, today announced an agreement to combine their Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) operations in India.
The combined entity will bring greater scale, operational efficiencies and market reach to serve India with secure and reliable broadband satellite and hybrid solutions for enterprise and government networks. Hughes and its subsidiaries will maintain majority ownership in HCIL, the surviving entity, and Airtel will have a significant shareholding.
“In India today, satellite is an important layer in the enterprise networks across all kinds of industries – from retail to petroleum to banking to military,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, HCIL. “Together with Airtel, HCIL will expand our VSAT and terrestrial operations to serve the growing demand for always on, always available network connectivity across the country.”
Ajay Chitkara, director and chief executive officer, Airtel Business, said: “We are pleased to combine our VSAT operations with Hughes to serve the connectivity needs of Digital India. Combining the proven capabilities of both the companies, the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront for the benefit of customers across the length and breadth of India.”
The largest satellite service operator in India, HCIL provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses, governments. Airtel is a significant VSAT service provider in India, offering satellite connectivity to unreachable terrains and helping businesses supplement their terrestrial networks with satellite for primary and backup connectivity.
The combined entity will be positioned to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a wide range of quaility products and services. HCIL will continue to serve existing HCIL and Airtel customers while focusing on serving the growing networking needs of enterprise and government customers in India.
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.
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About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 403 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2018. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com.