WorldSpace’s India service has not been involved in the core company’s bankruptcy. However, WorldSpace India has also to find local investors as partners in order to meet Indian broadcasting regulations. Once that hurdle has been overcome then within 10 months WorldSpace says it will roll out its service.
“Non-availability of terrestrially augmented satellite radio services in India that enable satellite radio service in automobiles is purely due to regulatory hurdles. If that is cleared, by the finalisation of the new Satellite Radio Policy by the Government, we can roll-out the same for the Indian consumers in the next eight to ten months,” says WorldSpace MD (India and Middle East) Mathewkutty Sebastian.