MVS, EchoStar form Dish Mexico

MVS Comunicaciones, a Mexican telecommunications conglomerate, and EchoStar have formed a joint venture, Dish Mexico that will launch Dish satellite TV service across Mexico.

EchoStar is providing satellite capacity and uplink facilities for transmitting the service. Additionally, EchoStar is contributing digital satellite TV equipment including a small 20-inch dish antenna, satellite receiver, remote control and a secure conditional access system.

MVS Multivision's existing MASTV service brings more than 570,000 customers to the newly formed joint venture. The Dish service will use the existing MASTV infrastructure that is positioned in 11 cities across Mexico and has been developed for the last 20 years to provide sales, billing and collection, installation, and customer service for subscribers.

The service is expected to launch initially in the cities of Puebla and Leon and will be available across Mexico in the next few months. Financial terms of the joint venture were not released.

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