Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications to combine India VSAT biz

Vastavam web: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) Tuesday announced they will combine their VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite operations in the country. HCIL is a subsidiary of broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems.

Hughes will have majority ownership in the combined entity while Airtel will have a significant shareholding, according to a statement. “The combined entity will benefit from enhanced scale, improved operational efficiencies and wider market reach. The combined entity will be well positioned to leverage the demand for secure connectivity in a rapidly growing digital economy,” it said.

VSAT is used to provide satellite based telecom and internet access to individuals and enterprise users. HCIL is a broadband satellite service operator in India, and offers a range of broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments.