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Bharti Airtel, Hughes Communications to combine their India VSAT operations

HCIL is a majority-owned subsidiary of broadband network and services provider Hughes Network Systems

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Bharti Airtel
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The Sunil Mittal-led telecom major and India (HCIL) on Tuesday have decided to combine their (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite communications operations in India. The transaction is subject to approvals by relevant authorities.

HCIL is the India unit of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services.

refers to the provision of data services using satellites, and is used extensively by banks and ATMs.

Hughes will have majority ownership in the combined entity and will have a significant shareholding.

The combined entitty of and Hughes will be able to introduce new and related technologies to deliver a wide range of quality products and service, and will continue to serve existing Hughes and Airtel customers.

"We are very excited about the synergies that this partnership will bring to the Indian ecosystem. These are exciting times for satellite broadband service providers as VSAT becomes more mainstream, driven by growing demand from both, enterprise and government segments", said Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, India Ltd.

"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 Customers can look forward to highly secure and reliable connectivity solutions across the length and breadth of India", said Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO,

First Published: Tue, May 07 2019. 08:36 IST