MTN Delivers State-of-the-Art Distance Training to Holland American Passengers

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.

    MIRAMAR, Fla., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Maritime Telecommunications Network
 (MTN), the leader in maritime telecommunications and a subsidiary of Verestar,
 Inc., is proud to announce it will provide the m.s. Veendam, a Holland America
 Line vessel, with the capability to broadcast live shore-side training
 seminars onboard their vessel.  Live seminars will be broadcast using MTN's
 C-Band Satellite Network, to the m.s. Veendam and hundreds of offices
 nationwide for a major insurance company, who has chartered the m.s. Veendam
 for Panama Canal Cruises.  MTN's advanced broadcasting capabilities add value
 to its customers' service offerings for full ship charter sales to businesses.
 Cruise line passengers and on-shore affiliates will be able to view the four
 live broadcasts, simultaneously.  Seminars are currently scheduled to commence
 in April.
     "Holland America is a leader in providing incentive cruises to companies
 of all sizes," said David Giersdorf, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
 Sales, for Holland America.  "This live broadcast is an innovative way in
 which we can meet the needs of our groups onboard.  It provides value to the
 incentive cruise experience aboard Holland America Line."
     MTN, the communications service provider to Holland America Line since
 1995, will provide the network, specialized equipment, and engineers, both
 onboard the m.s. Veendam and onshore at the broadcast facility.  The live
 seminars will be transmitted from a broadcasting facility in Bloomington,
 Illinois. From this location, MTN will uplink the satellite signal and
 downlink to the Verestar Satellite Network Access Point (SNAP) in Washington,
 D.C. Once encoded to MPEG-2 Digital Video Format, the signal will be uplinked
 using MTN's C-Band Satellite Network, then sent directly to the m.s. Veendam,
 where MTN's broadcast equipment and personnel will receive and route the live
 broadcast to the ships' cinema center.
     "Holland America has taken this opportunity to expand its incentive cruise
 travel market by offering MTN's distance training capabilities in conjunction
 with its tremendous cruising itineraries. We are excited to provide enhanced
 service capabilities, such as this live seminar broadcast, for our customers
 in order to assist them in driving demand for the growing market of incentive
 travel offerings," said Brad Briggs, Senior Vice President of MTN.
 
     About Maritime Telecommunications Network
     Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), the leader in maritime
 communications, provides C-Band voice, fax, data and Internet communications
 as well as Inmarsat services to the cruise and offshore industries, and the
 U.S. Navy throughout the world.  MTN also provides ship-to-shore live video
 and radio broadcast capabilities in C- or Ku-Band.  MTN is owned by its parent
 company Verestar, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tower
 Corporation (NYSE:   AMT).  More information is available at www.mtnsat.com.
 
     About Verestar, Inc.
     Verestar, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tower Corporation
 (NYSE:   AMT), is a carrier-neutral provider of integrated satellite and fiber
 network access solutions worldwide, delivering and managing customers' mission
 critical communications on the ground, in space and at sea.  Verestar, Inc.
 also owns and operates: Interpacket Networks, which provides international
 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) high-speed Internet backbone connectivity
 and Internet business services; Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.
 (MTN), offering Internet, voice and data services to the cruise ship, oil and
 gas industries; and General Telecom, Verestar's voice-switching company.  The
 company owns more than 10 Satellite Network Access Points (SNAPs), with an
 inventory of over 175 antennas.  For more information, visit our web site at
 www.verestar.com.
 
     This press release contains "forward-looking statements" concerning future
 expectations, plans or strategies that are subject to a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  American Tower Corporation, "the Company," wishes to caution
 readers that certain important factors may cause the Company's actual results
 to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement
 made by or on behalf of the Company. Such important factors with respect to
 Verestar include, but are not limited to (i) the reliance on increasing demand
 for internet and international data transmissions, (ii) the use of satellites
 and fiber for internet data and other transmissions, (iii) risks inherent in
 extensive foreign operations, including governmental regulation of business in
 general and internet content and operations in particular, government
 expropriation, currency fluctuations, inability to repatriate any earnings or
 other funds, and language and cultural differences that could impair
 management control and operations, (iv) large fixed costs based on long-term
 leases of satellite space, (v) dependence on third-party satellite operators,
 (vi) competitive pressures from third-party satellite operators, several of
 whom are large international companies, and (vii) the successful operational
 integration of acquisitions.  Additional factors relating to the Company
 include, but are not limited to (i) substantial capital requirements and
 leverage principally as a consequence of its ongoing acquisitions and
 construction activities, (ii) the success of the Company's tower construction
 program and (iii) the successful operational integration of the Company's
 business acquisitions.  In addition, please also refer to the Company's
 Prospectus dated February 13, 2001, which is a part of our registration
 statement on Form S-3 (333-54648) filed with the SEC, for other important
 factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those
 expressed in our forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no
 obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently
 occurring events or circumstances.
 
 

SOURCE Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.
    MIRAMAR, Fla., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Maritime Telecommunications Network
 (MTN), the leader in maritime telecommunications and a subsidiary of Verestar,
 Inc., is proud to announce it will provide the m.s. Veendam, a Holland America
 Line vessel, with the capability to broadcast live shore-side training
 seminars onboard their vessel.  Live seminars will be broadcast using MTN's
 C-Band Satellite Network, to the m.s. Veendam and hundreds of offices
 nationwide for a major insurance company, who has chartered the m.s. Veendam
 for Panama Canal Cruises.  MTN's advanced broadcasting capabilities add value
 to its customers' service offerings for full ship charter sales to businesses.
 Cruise line passengers and on-shore affiliates will be able to view the four
 live broadcasts, simultaneously.  Seminars are currently scheduled to commence
 in April.
     "Holland America is a leader in providing incentive cruises to companies
 of all sizes," said David Giersdorf, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
 Sales, for Holland America.  "This live broadcast is an innovative way in
 which we can meet the needs of our groups onboard.  It provides value to the
 incentive cruise experience aboard Holland America Line."
     MTN, the communications service provider to Holland America Line since
 1995, will provide the network, specialized equipment, and engineers, both
 onboard the m.s. Veendam and onshore at the broadcast facility.  The live
 seminars will be transmitted from a broadcasting facility in Bloomington,
 Illinois. From this location, MTN will uplink the satellite signal and
 downlink to the Verestar Satellite Network Access Point (SNAP) in Washington,
 D.C. Once encoded to MPEG-2 Digital Video Format, the signal will be uplinked
 using MTN's C-Band Satellite Network, then sent directly to the m.s. Veendam,
 where MTN's broadcast equipment and personnel will receive and route the live
 broadcast to the ships' cinema center.
     "Holland America has taken this opportunity to expand its incentive cruise
 travel market by offering MTN's distance training capabilities in conjunction
 with its tremendous cruising itineraries. We are excited to provide enhanced
 service capabilities, such as this live seminar broadcast, for our customers
 in order to assist them in driving demand for the growing market of incentive
 travel offerings," said Brad Briggs, Senior Vice President of MTN.
 
     About Maritime Telecommunications Network
     Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), the leader in maritime
 communications, provides C-Band voice, fax, data and Internet communications
 as well as Inmarsat services to the cruise and offshore industries, and the
 U.S. Navy throughout the world.  MTN also provides ship-to-shore live video
 and radio broadcast capabilities in C- or Ku-Band.  MTN is owned by its parent
 company Verestar, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tower
 Corporation (NYSE:   AMT).  More information is available at www.mtnsat.com.
 
     About Verestar, Inc.
     Verestar, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tower Corporation
 (NYSE:   AMT), is a carrier-neutral provider of integrated satellite and fiber
 network access solutions worldwide, delivering and managing customers' mission
 critical communications on the ground, in space and at sea.  Verestar, Inc.
 also owns and operates: Interpacket Networks, which provides international
 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) high-speed Internet backbone connectivity
 and Internet business services; Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.
 (MTN), offering Internet, voice and data services to the cruise ship, oil and
 gas industries; and General Telecom, Verestar's voice-switching company.  The
 company owns more than 10 Satellite Network Access Points (SNAPs), with an
 inventory of over 175 antennas.  For more information, visit our web site at
 www.verestar.com.
 
     This press release contains "forward-looking statements" concerning future
 expectations, plans or strategies that are subject to a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  American Tower Corporation, "the Company," wishes to caution
 readers that certain important factors may cause the Company's actual results
 to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement
 made by or on behalf of the Company. Such important factors with respect to
 Verestar include, but are not limited to (i) the reliance on increasing demand
 for internet and international data transmissions, (ii) the use of satellites
 and fiber for internet data and other transmissions, (iii) risks inherent in
 extensive foreign operations, including governmental regulation of business in
 general and internet content and operations in particular, government
 expropriation, currency fluctuations, inability to repatriate any earnings or
 other funds, and language and cultural differences that could impair
 management control and operations, (iv) large fixed costs based on long-term
 leases of satellite space, (v) dependence on third-party satellite operators,
 (vi) competitive pressures from third-party satellite operators, several of
 whom are large international companies, and (vii) the successful operational
 integration of acquisitions.  Additional factors relating to the Company
 include, but are not limited to (i) substantial capital requirements and
 leverage principally as a consequence of its ongoing acquisitions and
 construction activities, (ii) the success of the Company's tower construction
 program and (iii) the successful operational integration of the Company's
 business acquisitions.  In addition, please also refer to the Company's
 Prospectus dated February 13, 2001, which is a part of our registration
 statement on Form S-3 (333-54648) filed with the SEC, for other important
 factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those
 expressed in our forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no
 obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently
 occurring events or circumstances.
 
 SOURCE  Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.