Delphi Corporation, an automotive systems and components manufacturer, On Monday announced an agreement with WorldSpace Inc, the global satellite radio broadcaster, to make mobile satellite radio available in India for the first time.
The companies will launch and market Delphi-WorldSpace Mobile Satellite Audio receivers in India, and subsequently plan to expand the product's availability into China, an Asianet release said in New Delhi.
The product is expected to be available in the Indian market in the first half of 2006, the release added.
The agreement calls for Delphi to provide hardware that will deliver uninterrupted access to the WorldSpace satellite radio network, which provides more than 35 radio stations across the country.
"We expect Delphi-WorldSpace Mobile Satellite Radio to fundamentally transform the mobile listening experience in India," said Dominic Seto, managing director, Asia Pacific, Delphi Product & Service Solutions.
"With our product, Indian listeners can expect better sound quality than they are used to with conventional AM/FM equipment, as well as a greater variety of programming.
"Delphi-WorldSpace Mobile Satellite Audio will deliver clear, digital-quality sound and dramatically expand the array of choices for the Indian market -- from five or six FM channels to dozens of news and entertainment options," he said.
Digital satellite programming offered by WorldSpace includes a combination of news, sports, music, brand name content and education programming developed by WorldSpace or provided through sources such as BBC and CNN International.