Radio gaga

A US company will provide 108 to 864 radio channels through a global satellite network

Published: Friday 15 August 1997

radios would receive digital broadcasting in several parts of the world that do not have access to the Internet. A large range of programmes would be available through a satellite network being developed by the us company World-Space Management Corp.

The key to the programme is the large-scale production of low-cost radios that can receive digital signals. Japanese electronics companies such as Hitachi, Sanyo, jvc and Matsushita have decided to manufacture and market the radios ( Asiaweek , Vol 23, No 25).

The target audience is an estimated 4.6 billion people in Asia, Africa, Latin America, West Asia and the Caribbean. Many of these areas are out of the reach of modern means of mass communication such as cable television. The network will work through three satellites -- the first of which would be launched in 1998 -- to simultaneously transmit through 108 to 864 channels of news, entertainment, music and education.

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