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NAUGATUCK, Connecticut -- January 21, 2002 -- VITAL Network Services, Inc of Naugatuck, CT announced today the completion of its acquisition from Mayan Networks Corporation of San Jose, CA by a group of private investors. As a result of the acquisition, VITAL Network Services becomes an independent company for the first time in its 30 year existence.

The private investors have appointed Mr. John Koehler as the CEO and President of VITAL Network Services. Mr. Koehler was previously the CEO and President of TechForce Corporation, a Florida based networking Service Company, which went public on the NASDAQ in December, 1995 and was acquired by Equant, Inc in 1999. Mr. Koehler brings with him a proven track record of service company leadership. Mr. Koehler stated "I am extremely pleased to lead a global service company with the breadth of networking expertise to support and grow its customer base while maintaining the highest standards of service quality. As mission critical networks for both enterprise and service provider customers continue to expand, I feel Vital's equipment vendor independence makes it well positioned to offer services to support its customers' entire network needs. I am looking forward to working with the VITAL team to make this vision a reality." John Koehler also announced that Mr. Paul Ferri and Mr. Carl Russo have joined Mr. Koehler on the Board of Directors.

VITAL Network Services is a multi-vendor/multi-technology networking services company offering traditional and professional services for more than 2000 customers worldwide. Through its global field, technical support and delivery partners, VITAL provides critical networking support from 186 cities across 60 countries. VITAL's clients include many major corporations including those in the financial, healthcare, governmental and carrier market segments. VITAL has been selected and authorized to provide service and support for over 20 "best-of-breed" network communication manufacturers such as Cisco, Nortel, Adtran and Paradyne.

Mr. P. John Woods, formerly President of VITAL under Mayan, will continue with VITAL in the role of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Woods commented, "Mr. Koehler brings a wealth of knowledge and service expertise to VITAL. I see nothing but great things on the horizon for our company working with John and look forward to having VITAL fulfill our vision of an independent, world-class, full-service life cycle delivery company. I have all the confidence that John can bring us to the next level." The VITAL global executive management team will continue to remain with VITAL and VITAL Network Services will retain its name, assets and worldwide corporate office locations.

About VITAL Network Services
VITAL Network Services has been supporting advanced networks for more than 30 years and is one of the top global support providers, according to industry analysts. VITAL's expertise spans converging data, voice and video networks and products of all leading telecommunications vendors. Its services address the full lifecycle of network operations, including planning, staging, implementing and training, maintaining, monitoring and optimizing network performance. Its clients are private network operators, network equipment manufacturers, resellers, telcos CLEC's and ISP's. VITAL provides service from 186 locations throughout the world and coordinates operations from its world headquarters in Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA. More information about VITAL and its services is available at, or by calling 1-888-248-4825 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-813-818-5100 worldwide.


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