Bharti Airtel gets FDI clearance to offload 20% stake in DTH unit to Warburg Pincus for $350 million
Bharti Airtel will sell its 15 percent stake in direct-to-home arm, and the balance will be sold by another Bharti entity, which holds 5 percent stake in the company
New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has received FDI clearance from the government for sale of 20 percent stake in its DTH arm Bharti Telemedia to Warburg Pincus for $350 million, a source said.
The source privy to the development said that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) approval has been received for the deal, which was announced in December 2017.
When contacted, a Bharti Airtel spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
According to the contours of the deal announced in late 2017, Bharti Airtel will sell its 15 percent stake in direct-to-home arm, and the balance will be sold by another Bharti entity, which holds 5 percent stake in the company.
The approval comes at a time when competition in the market is heating up -- Reliance Jio has already announced it will offer a Set Top Box for TV when it launches ultra-high speed fibre-based broadband services.
Market watchers have said that Jio's aggressive offerings will pose a "serious competition" to TV distributors on both the DTH and cable side, putting further pressure on falling average revenue per user.