EchoStar Inks Telco Deal


Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises Inc. will provide EchoStar Communications Corp. Dish Network direct-broadcast satellite services to households in its service area under a deal announced Wednesday.

CTE can now offer its customers digital-television programming in addition to broadband digital subscriber line, local telephony, long-distance telephony and call-management wireline-voice services.

The two companies said they expect to launch a variety of digital-video packages as part of CTE's bundled-service offerings beginning in the first quarter of 2005.

“The bundle that includes DSL broadband and voice services will make Dish Network even more competitive in relation to the cable companies, further benefiting customers who have been searching for an alternative,” EchoStar executive vice president of alliance management Nolan Daines said in a prepared statement.