EchoStar Signs Second IP-Prime Replacement Customer

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EchoStar Satellite Services said it has signed up a second small telecom customer for its ViP-TV video transport service, aimed at replacing the SES Americom IP-Prime service that is going dark at July 31.

The Alaska city of Ketchikan's KPU Telecommunications, a provider of telecommunications and video services to a city of approximately 14,000 residents, will use EchoStar's IP-Prime Conversion Program to receive transport of up to 42 high definition TV channels to its IP headend.

The city offers residents ultra high-speed broadband, TV services and Internet phone services and will be nearly 50% complete with its city-wide build out of fiber to the home at the end of this summer's construction season, EchoStar said. With the addition from EchoStar, Ketchikan will offer a total of 58 HD channels along with a suite of more than 140 standard definition TV channels.

EchoStar earlier signed up Canby Telecom, in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

"We're pleased to improve our channel line up while delivering uninterrupted service to our customers by bringing in the highest quality HD channels from EchoStar's ViP-TV service," KPU Telecommunication's division manager Van Abbott said in a release. "Our IPTV solution provides a robust triple-play service with a bundle of high-speed Internet, telephone and digital TV services, including popular HD channels."