Bharti Airtel raises stake in Qualcomm's India broadband venture to 51 percent

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Bharti Airtel raises stake in Qualcomm's India broadband venture to 51 percent
Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it has acquired an additional 2 percent stake in all the four Indian broadband wireless access (BWA) entities of Qualcomm, thereby making them its subsidiaries.

"Bharti Airtel has subscribed to an additional 2 percent equity share capital in all the four India BWA entities of Qualcomm AP. With this, all four entities are now subsidiaries of Bharti Airtel," the company said in a statement.

On May 24, 2012, Bharti Airtel and Qualcomm had announced an agreement under which Bharti had acquired 49 percent interest in Qualcomm AP's India entities with licences to offer 4G data services in four circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.

Shares of Bharti Airtel reacted positively to the announcement and surged 2.34 percent to touch an early high of Rs. 301.15 on the BSE on Thursday.

Airtel had won spectrum for high-speed broadband service in four telecom services areas of Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka in 2010, paying Rs. 3,314.36 crore for it.

In addition, the stake purchase in Qualcomm's BWA venture would aid the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led group to offer services in eight circles.
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