Tata Tele, Hughes merger imminent

DQW Bureau
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Hughes Network Systems and Tata Telservices are in their final stages for a

possible merger with its local fixed line unit Hughes S Ramakrishnan,

MD, TTL stated this while launching the basic telephone services by the last

quarter of the current year in Gujarat followed by Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil

Nadu where it will invest not less than Rs 1,200 crore.

With TTL not interested in IPO in the near future, the company officials said

a strategic partnership would be the ideal platform. “From the current Rs 150

crore revenue, the upcoming telecom company expects to double its revenues with

a target of 6o lakh subscribers in as many years,” said Ramakrishnan.

The group also plans to start WLL services in major cities of Gujarat, said

Jagrut Vyas, COO (Gujarat circle).


But, for such an ambitious target, TTL will also need huge funding.

Ramakrishnan said that the Tata group will bring in about Rs 1,400 crore through

equity and some Rs 300 crore by lending from IDBI or through AP circle. The

other option that TTL has under its sleeve is the merger whereby the

infrastructure and subscriber base will automatically transfer.

TTL had signed a MoU with Hughes in April regarding the negotiation of merger

latest by June end after an initial negotiation pact was called off in January

in the wake of unsatisfactory valuations. But, in case of a merger, the analysts

said, both the companies will benefit.

Cyber News Service