Atlantic Tele-Network Announces Sale of U.S. Retail Wireless Business to AT&T

  Atlantic Tele-Network Announces Sale of U.S. Retail Wireless Business to
  AT&T

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BEVERLY, Mass. -- January 22, 2013

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), a telecommunications service
provider to rural, niche and other under-served markets, today announced it
has agreed to sell its domestic retail wireless business operated under the
Alltel name by ATN’s subsidiary Allied Wireless Communications Corporation
(“Allied”). AT&T will purchase the operations in an all-cash transaction
valued at approximately $780 million.

Allied, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, serves approximately 585,000 customers
in rural areas of six states – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Illinois, Ohio and Idaho, and generated revenues for the first nine months of
2012 of approximately $350 million. In ATN’s public filings, these operations
are consolidated within its U.S. Wireless segment. These operations generated
operating income estimated to be approximately $34 million, which is net of
depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $42 million, for the
first nine months of 2012.

“We are pleased that AT&T recognizes the value of our U.S. wireless retail
operations and is acquiring these assets,” said Michael T. Prior, Chief
Executive Officer. “Alltel’s customers will benefit from access to a
nationwide 4G network, a larger device selection, additional retail locations
and a broader range of product offerings. Additionally, many of our employees
should benefit from new career opportunities within AT&T. We will work closely
with AT&T to close the transaction and to ensure a smooth transition for our
customers and employees.”

Commenting on the use of proceeds once the transaction is completed, Mr. Prior
said, “We have a disciplined, long-term approach to managing our portfolio and
intend to balance the use of the after-tax proceeds among new acquisition
opportunities, a possible reduction in debt outstanding, investments in our
existing lines of business and returns to shareholders through dividends.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing terms and conditions and
regulatory approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal
Communications Commission. The companies expect to complete the transaction in
the second half of 2013.

Following the close of the sale, Atlantic Tele-Network’s businesses will
consist of Commnet, serving rural communities primarily in the Southwest U.S.;
Sovernet, serving residential and business customers in New England; ION,
serving rural communities in New York State; GT&T, serving Guyana; CellOne,
serving Bermuda; and Choice, Islandcom and Mio, serving portions of the
Caribbean islands.

Stephens, Inc. is serving as financial advisor to Atlantic Tele-Network and
provided a fairness opinion for the transaction. Cleary Gottlieb Steen &
Hamilton LLP and Jenner & Block are providing legal counsel.

Conference Call Information

Atlantic Tele-Network will host a conference call on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss this announcement. The call will be
hosted by Michael Prior, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Justin
Benincasa, Chief Financial Officer. The dial-in numbers are US/Canada:
877-734-4582 and International: 678-905-9376, conference ID 92178318. A replay
of the call will be available at ir.atni.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on
January 22, 2013.

About Atlantic Tele-Network

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI), headquartered in Beverly,
Massachusetts, provides telecommunications services to rural, niche and other
under-served markets and geographies in the United States, Bermuda and the
Caribbean. Through our operating subsidiaries, we provide both wireless and
wireline connectivity to residential and business customers, including a range
of mobile wireless solutions, local exchange services and broadband internet
services and are the owner and operator of terrestrial and submarine fiber
optic transport systems. For more information, please visit www.atni.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the proposed
transaction, including whether the transaction will be completed and, if so,
the expected timetable for any such completion and the expected uses of
proceeds, which constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are a number of
important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: (i) the ability
to receive the requisite regulatory consents and approvals to consummate the
transaction; and (ii) the satisfaction of the other conditions to completion
of the transaction and (iii) with respect to the use of proceeds, at this
time, ATN has no specific plans with respect to the use of proceeds following
the completion of this transaction and is currently evaluating such plans; the
timing, manner and extent to which such proceeds are deployed may be affected
by future market conditions, potential changes in tax laws and ATN’s ability
to develop corporate investment and strategic opportunities meeting ATN’s
criteria. The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof,
and ATN disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking
statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press
release.

Contact:

Media:
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Robin Weinberg/Pamela Blum, 212-687-8080
or
Investors:
Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.
Justin D. Benincasa, 978-619-1300
Chief Financial Officer
 
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