WorldSpace® selects conditional access system for Europe
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Certicom has announced that WorldSpace® Satellite Radio has licensed its Conditional Access System to secure its Satellite Digital Radio (SDR) based broadcast services for the European market. WorldSpace plans to roll out a European service on a sequential, country-by-country basis, beginning with Italy, which will be serviced by its current AfriStar™ satellite.

An additional satellite is expected to provide increased capacity over Europe, enabling consumers to have access to approximately 50 channels per country of diversified sports, talk and commercial-free music programming at service maturity. Satellite radio requires a security solution that is strong enough to protect copyrighted material during transmission and at rest, while at the same time providing seamless activation and authorization by users.

“At WorldSpace we pride ourselves on delivering unique, personalized content to our global subscribers. Through this agreement with Certicom, we are ensuring that our customers will continue to receive the highest quality programming available,” said Alexander P Brown, Co-COO of WorldSpace.

“WorldSpace has made a commitment to offer innovative programming to its users, enhancing their listening experience. The value of this level of investment demands a strong security solution,” said Ian McKinnon, Certicom’s president and CEO. “Satellite broadcasting environments present unique challenges where bandwidth constrained systems require optimized security that doesn’t affect performance.”

(Source: Certicom)