Intanto i piani per il lancio dei servizi di radio satellitare a pagamento dal satellite Afristar verso l'Italia proseguono. Worldspace sul proprio sito francese ha già annunciato che a far data dal primo dicembre 2007 cessaranno le vendite di abbonamenti commerciali basati sull'offerta trasmessa dal transponder Nord-Ovest (Afristar dispone di altri due transponder per l'Africa e il Medio Oriente). La data non è casuale, perché l'inaugurazione dei servizi per l'Italia dovrebbe aver luogo proprio in quel periodo, dopo il completamento della rete di ripetitori terrestri attivati per garantire la piena copertura del segnale, anche dove il satellite non arriva direttamente.
WORLDSPACE SUPPORTS ADOPTION OF SATELLITE DIGITAL RADIO (SDR) AS EUROPEAN STANDARD
Core Technology Validated for Satellite Radio Systems in Europe
Silver Spring, Md., November 16, 2006 – WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio, one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, today announced its support for the recent adoption of a satellite digital radio (SDR) standard in Europe. After a comprehensive review lasting nearly two years, the Satellite and Earth Stations and Systems (SES) technical Committee of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) approved the technical specifications of SDR. WORLDSPACE Europe contributed technological proposals to the SDR working group from the beginning of the ETSI process.
“With the SDR standardization, a significant step for satellite radio in Europe has been achieved,” said Noah Samara, CEO, WORLDSPACE. “As a leader in the global satellite market, we not only recognized the importance of SDR technology but also understood the positive impact it would have on the industry as a whole.”
ETSI’s approval is necessary for communication systems in the European Union. The SDR standard is the core of the technology that WORLDSPACE is implementing in its satellite radio communication networks in Europe, combining terrestrial repeater networks and satellites. The standard permits the most efficient use of the allocated spectrum, maximizing digital capacity while maintaining excellent service quality, even in difficult reception environments such as urban centers.
About WORLDSPACE® Satellite Radio
Based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Worldspace, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRSP) is the world’s only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WORLDSPACE delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner.
WORLDSPACE subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WORLDSPACE content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio UK, NDTV and RFI. WORLDSPACE’s satellites cover two-thirds of the earth’s population with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WORLDSPACE Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage areas. WORLDSPACE is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit www.WORLDSPACE.com.
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