India’s Bharti Airtel silent on Tata merger
November 21, 2017
By Chris Forrester
Some of India’s over-supplied DTH players have been talking merger and acquisition for well over a year.
One major player, Bharti Airtel, which operates the Airtel Digital TV DTH platform and Airtel TV OTT service, says that it continues to consider its evaluate its options as far as the DTH service is concerned.
The comments come as rumours continue to circulate that Airtel is talking to Tata Sky (a j-v between Tata Group and 21st Century Fox). “Whether we sell down a stake or do not sell a stake, I mean these are speculative questions which we will let you know when we have something on the table,” he said according to reports in India’s Television Post.
Airtel’s total TV subs base rose in the quarter-year to September 30th by 207,000 net new subs to a total of 13.52 million.