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VITAL NETWORK SERVICES AND CICAT NETWORKS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Comprehensive Managed Broadband VPN Solution Creates a Single, Independent Resource for the Planning, Implementation and Management of Broadband-based VPNs

TAMPA, Fla. and FAIRFAX, Va. -- July 10, 2007 -- VITAL Network Services, Inc., a multivendor provider of network lifecycle services, today announced a strategic partnership with CICAT Networks, a single-source provider of telecommunications and network services to enterprises.  This partnership creates a single, independent resource for the deployment and management of Broadband-based Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).  Targeted at enterprises and retailers with a large number of distributed locations, and the service providers who serve these customers, the Managed Broadband VPN solution can significantly reduce customers’ communications costs, increase their return on investment (ROI), and eliminate the hassles of coordinating and managing the multiple carriers, locations and service types involved in Broadband VPN environments.

“VITAL’s ubiquitous field organization, multivendor expertise and 24x7 management capabilities complement CICAT’s access services to deliver a turn-key solution for customers interested in containing their network costs,” said Brad Wise, CICAT’s president and CEO.  “The synergies between our companies have enabled us to bring a comprehensive solution to market that allows customers to fully realize the cost and productivity benefits associated with implementing a Broadband VPN.”

“By leveraging CICAT’s strong relationships with thousands of network providers throughout North America and VITAL’s service and support capabilities, our customers will receive a fully managed solution with seamless coverage at the best available price,” said John Koehler, president and CEO of VITAL.  “Partnerships like this enhance our long-term strategy to provide strong value and support to our customers.”

The Managed Broadband VPN solution offers companies a cost-effective way to deploy, manage and maintain a Broadband VPN environment by providing customers with:

  • Prequalification and Design Services
  • Provisioning and Implementation Services
    • Project Management
    • Broadband Ordering and Provisioning
    • CPE Configuration Development, Staging and Installation
  • CPE Maintenance Services
  • Fault Management Services
  • Billing Consolidation and Payment Services

Both VITAL and CICAT take a network, technology and vendor-agnostic approach to design and support which allows customers to benefit from a solution designed to meet their individual feature, functionality and price requirements.

About CICAT Networks
CICAT is the trusted, independent single-source provider of telecommunications and network services to enterprises. CICAT enables its customers to work with one partner, while paving the way for new broadband-enabled business applications, including Customer Relationship Management and other revenue-generating, productivity-enhancing applications. Corporate headquarters is located at 3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 350 South, Fairfax, VA, 22030. Telephone: 1-800-988-4736. www.cicat.com.

About VITAL Network Services, Inc.
VITAL Network Services (www.vital-ns.com), an independent, multivendor service and support provider headquartered in Tampa, Florida, delivers industry-leading network support services to large enterprise customers, network equipment manufacturers, integrators, value-added resellers, distributors, and carriers. The company’s comprehensive portfolio of traditional LAN/WAN internetworking, IP Telephony, and managed broadband-based VPN solutions helps customers realize the full value of their network investment by addressing all facets of the network lifecycle including network design and planning, integration, maintenance, and proactive monitoring. VITAL’s ubiquitous field engineering force enables the company to deliver onsite support services to nearly any zip code within North America.

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