Dish Network said yesterday that it has signed national content and hardware distribution agreements with Pace International and Pace CSO.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pace will offer Dish Network content, set-top boxes and hardware, system design, marketing, technical support, customer support and billing to triple-play communities throughout the United States.

Pace International said it has expanded its operations to encompass the partnership with Dish Network. Pace will offer the full lineup of both Dish Network content and hardware to operators targeting triple-play communities. The approach will allow Pace to offer a single turnkey platform, including billing for properties and operators offering triple-play services.

"Dish Network and Pace are perfect complements to each other. Together, we've created the DBS industry's first scalable, multi-family business model. This offering is a cost-effective way to help providers grow their subscriber base," said Vern Swedin, president of Pace.

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