The companies also announced that Delphi will be a lead designer for its European OEM receiver and reception system applications. The news was announced at CES.
“The satellite digital radio standard that was approved by the technical committee of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in November 2006 is the core of the technology that WorldSpace is implementing in its satellite radio communication networks in Europe,” the WorldSpace announcement stated.
“It combines terrestrial repeaters and satellites and permits the most efficient use of the spectrum allocated for satellite radio (12.5 MHz from 1479.5 to 1492), thus maximizing digital capacity while maintaining excellent service quality, even in difficult reception environments such as urban city centers.”
WorldSpace has two satellites in orbit; it has been aiming for a launch of its mobile service beginning in Italy in 2009. It will use MPEG-4 HE-AAC v2 technology. A third satellite is in storage, intended for eventual use with the Europe service.