Exchange4media.com: India’s FM radio players are opposing the plans of satellite radio company WorldSpace‘s proposal to start mobile radio services in India. The Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) has written to the information and broadcasting ministry protesting against the move. WorldSpace had applied for license for L-Band terrestrial repeater for the A+ and A category cities, which, if allowed, will help it launch mobile radio.
Editor adds: I know many customers are waiting for the WorldSpace service on the move. Since a majority of car owners can afford to pay a nominal annual fee to enjoy this service, FM radio players will definitely lose some of its charm. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be a backdoor entry to the FM radio space. But if the licence conditions are met (and the if required fee is paid by WorldSpace to the government), why should FM radio lobby oppose mobile radio? It’s consumers’ choice to enjoy any service and technology he wants to.