XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio will have to overcome intense regulatory scrutiny to complete their proposed $11.4-billion "merger of equals." But even if the companies are able to meet their ambitious goal of closing the deal by the end of 2007, integrating their satellite-based systems could take years longer. While the major technical hurdles involve the ground segments and incompatible receivers, engineers also will have to sort through the integration of two ...


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