Spectrum regulators in Germany have given WorldSpace Europe approval to operate terrestrial repeaters for its satellite radio service across the country.
The Bundesnetzagentur approved use of 12.5 MHz of L-band spectrum for the network, which will be used to provide subscription-based satellite radio service to German drivers.
“The German market is a critical market for us,” said Noah A. Samara, chairman and CEO of WorldSpace Satellite Radio. “… It is home to a number of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers who are very familiar with satellite radio, having already integrated satellite receivers into their vehicle lines for the American market. We are working to extend that experience to their home base.”
WorldSpace has received similar approval from authorities in Italy and Switzerland; it expects additional approvals across the continent by year-end.
WorldSpace expects to launch its German satellite radio service shortly after its 2009 service introduction in Italy. Existing in-orbit satellite capacity will be used to serve the Italian, Swiss and German markets.