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The first pilots of the technology are said to be taking place in India (with 30,000 licenses) and the sub-Saharan region in Africa, with the latest trials in two schools in South Africa, in Rietkol, in Mpumalanga Province, and at Heathfield, in Western Cape.
The company, founded in 1990 has its headquarters in Silver Spring, MD and additional studios were located in Washington, DC, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Nairobi.
In 1992, Samara and van der Heyden (at the time representing the Republic of Indonesia) were able, at WARC-92 with the support of many African and Asian countries, to have the ITU establish a new radio frequency spectrum band dedicated to Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS) in the L-band - 1,452 MHz - 1,492 MHz.
After WARC-92 Samara went on to build World Space and van der Heyden to build Indo Vison and the Indostar S-band Direct Broadcast Satellite satellite program for Indonesia.
Before filing for bankruptcy in October 2008, 1worldspace employed two satellites and broadcast 62 channels – 38 of which were content provided by international, national and regional third parties and 24 1worldspace-branded stations produced by or for 1worldspace.
Most of the channels used to be available only through a subscription plan.
1worldspace, known for most of its existence simply as 'World Space', is a defunct satellite radio network that in its heyday provided service to over 170,000 subscribers in eastern and southern Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia with 96% coming from India.
The system primarily aims at providing educational services to rural areas in developing countries.
The 62 channels (38 of which were third-party content and 24 of which were produced by or for 1worldspace) represented popular international music formats including contemporary hits, country, classic rock and jazz with content specific to the local geographic region.
Sports coverage included content from Fox Sports Radio and talk SPORT in addition to regional coverage.
The company gained attention around 2000 because of its willingness to invest in impoverished areas and from 2006 to the present due to its financial difficulties and bankruptcy proceedings. For a while Liberty Media sought to buy the assets, but in June 2010, a company called Yazmi USA owned by former World Space founder, chairman, and CEO Noah Samara purchased the remains for US.5M.
European operations were liquidated in the spring of 2009.