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GTE SPACENET AWARDED CONTRACT

 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ - GTE Spacenet Corp. said it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to provide AmericaTel Corp. with teleport facilities for international satellite communications. The teleport will be the first international teleport in Miami dedicated completely to offering voice and data services between the United States and Latin America. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
 AmericaTel, through the new teleport, will offer international satellite communications services operating with the INTELSAT system. AmericaTel will serve the needs of the increasing number of companies conducting business between the United States and Latin America. GTE Spacenet will design, assemble, deliver and install a 15.5-meter Standard "A" earth station to operate with the INTELSAT C-Band satellite located at 325 degrees west longitude. GTE Spacenet will manage all aspects of the teleport project, which will include monitoring equipment, associated software and power systems, system design and engineering and equipment testing and training of AmericaTel's teleport operators.
 "Latin America is a dynamic and rapidly growing market. Regulatory barriers to international trade are coming down. Governments are supporting more open conditions for telecommunications diversity, which encourage economic growth. AmericaTel is well-positioned to lead the way," said Raymond I. Marks, vice president/sales and marketing, GTE Spacenet.
 Patricio Northland, president of AmericaTel, said: "We believe our operations will be very valuable to the city of Miami and to the Latin American community doing business in the United States. Miami has become the hub for business between the United States and Latin America, so we needed a company with an excellent international reputation. We could not have made a better selection than GTE Spacenet."
 AmericaTel Corp. is based in Miami and provides international and domestic telecommunication services, including very small aperture terminals, international business service and intermediate data rate services, focusing on the needs of international companies conducting business in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean region.
 AmericaTel is in a joint venture company between Northland Communications and ENTEL Chile, the largest long-distance carrier in Chile. ENTEL's participation establishes AmericaTel's strategic position in the region. In the future, other Latin American carriers and telecommunications operators are expected to become partners in AmericaTel.
 GTE Spacenet Corp. is a world leader in satellite communications with over two decades of experience in the provision of telecommunications services and systems to businesses, news organizations, educational institutions and government agencies across the United States and around the globe.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Petersen of GTE Spacenet, 703-848-1512, or after 6 p.m., 703-573-9583/


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