Littleton, Colo. -- EchoStar Communications Corp. has
signed a joint agreement with OpTel Inc., a private cable and telephone-service provider,
to offer the direct-broadcast satellite company's Dish Network service to residents
of multiple-dwelling-unit properties.
OpTel services more than 400,000 apartments and
condominiums across the country. OpTel would add Dish Network service as an optional tier
to its own on-property cable channels, the companies said in a press release.