Combined India VSAT operations of Bharti Airtel, Hughes to offer wide range of satellite and hybrid network solutions to business and government customers.
Airtel, Hughes Partnership: Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd, (HCIPL), a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, and Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider, today announced the formation of a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services in India.
Operational as HCIPL, the entity combines the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) businesses of both companies to offer flexible and scalable enterprise networking solutions using satellite connectivity for primary transport, backup, and hybrid implementation. The agreement, announced in May 2019, has received all statutory approvals, including those from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and Department of Telecom (Government of India) and the joint venture has been formed.
“We are pleased to commence this joint venture, further delivering on our commitment to serve the growing demand for always on, always available network connectivity for enterprise and government customers,” said Partho Banerjee, president, and managing director, HCIPL. “Combining the proven capabilities of both Hughes and Airtel, the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront – including multi-orbit solutions – for the benefit of customers across the length and breadth of India.”
Ajay Chitkara, director and chief executive officer, Airtel Business, said: “We, at Airtel, are focused on supporting and accelerating the digital transformation journeys of our customers through an integrated solutions portfolio. With the combined capabilities of Airtel and Hughes, customers will get access to next generation satellite connectivity backed by proven enterprise grade security and service support.”
HCIPL Has a Combined Base of 200,000 VSATs
Now serving Airtel VSAT customers, HCIPL has a combined base of over 200,000 VSATs. With unmatched reach and scale, the company is the largest satellite service operator in India, well positioned amid the changing regulatory environment to serve the emerging connectivity requirements of business and government customers with an enhanced product portfolio and operational efficiencies.
HCIPL provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services, including a full range of managed network services, for government offices and enterprises across segments like banking, aeronautical and maritime mobility, small to medium sized businesses, education, and telecom backhaul, among others.
Bharti Airtel is also expected to form a partnership with OneWeb, a Bharti Owned satellite communications (satcom) company that is expected to make its entry in India in 2022. OneWeb has indicated that it would focus on forming B2B partnerships and not entertain the direct consumer approach not only in India but in international markets as well. These partnerships might help Airtel in enhancing backhaul and delivering better quality telecom services.