EchoStar’s Vision Doesn’t Include Qwest


EchoStar Communications Corp. said Monday that it would not expand its marketing relationship with Qwest Communications International Inc.

The direct-broadcast satellite provider said it will continue to honor its current, year-old agreement with Qwest -- under which the telco has agreed to sell Dish Network service to its customers -- through the end of the two companies’ multiyear contract.

“We have recently formed several other partnerships with telecommunications companies that have demonstrated significant financial commitment and a desire for long-term partnership that provides beneficial bundled service for our joint customers,” said Nolan Daines, senior vice president of Alliance Management Group, EchoStar’s broadband division, in a prepared statement.

“EchoStar will seek to expand relationships with current and future telecommunications partners that focus on meeting customer demand for single-bill, bundled services,” he added.