Sirius Satellite Radio last month announced Sirius radios would not be available until fourth quarter and then only in limited quantity.
In a conference call with analysts, Sirius Chairman and CEO David Margolese said Sirius radios made with discrete componentry would become available in fourth quarter 2001, first from Panasonic with additional manufacturers to follow. Receivers Agere Microelectronics chipsets are to "follow shortly after the fourth quarter."
Margolese said total radio quantities would be extremely limited in 2001, estimating "somewhere under 20,000 radios in the market" this year. A "material number of radios" will be shipped first-quarter 2002, he said.