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AvTel Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:AVCO) has completed the acquisition of Remote Lojix/PCSI, Inc., a privately-held, New York-based provider of system integration and local area network (LAN) services to corporate customers in the eastern United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With a focus on the growing information technology needs of businesses, Remote Lojix provides desktop and network support, system integration, help desk services and the outsourcing of information technology professionals to corporations. The company has a specific emphasis on providing network services to the financial services industry.

Where appropriate, AvTel's telecom services will be introduced to Remote Lojix's existing customers. The company plans to cross-market the services provided by AvTel and Remote Lojix in new sales activities. Additionally, the company plans to extend Remote Lojix's sales presence to the Southeast and California. Further, both groups will benefit from the combination of the network of value added resellers (VARs) that AvTel and Remote Lojix currently utilize as a service and distribution channel. The acquisition of Remote Lojix is not expected to have a material impact on AvTel's operations in the near term.

"The information technology and telecommunications arenas are rapidly changing how business is conducted. More and more businesses are seeking to improve efficiencies and service levels through communications systems, while moving towards a distributed computing environment. The combination of Remote Lojix's system integration and LAN management services with AvTel's wide area voice and data networking solutions provides corporate customers with a significant value-add from a single source," stated James P. Pisani, president and Chief Operating Officer of AvTel.

Jeffrey P. Leventhal, president of Remote Lojix, added: "This is an exciting combination of key components necessary to support and manage a corporation's voice and data network. The industry boundaries separating LANs and Wide Area Networks (WANs) have blurred. Our ability to grow and better service our customers will be further enabled by the addition of AvTel's broadband network services and telecom AvTel Communications Completes Acquisition of Remote Lojix offerings. Likewise, we believe AvTel's business and customers will benefit from our technical expertise and core competencies in the LAN environment. Our collective 'solution' for a customer becomes very compelling."

AvTel Communications, Inc. is a provider of broadband network services integrating voice, data and video networking solutions for individuals and business customers. The company markets and sells a broad range of telecommunications and advanced network services through independent value-added resellers and internal direct sales professionals. The company targets mid-size corporations, small-office home-office professionals and select residential market segments. The company is certified by the FCC and registered in all 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. The company also holds billing agreements with all the Regional Bell Operating Companies, GTE and other independent telephone companies.

Remote Lojix is a provider of computer and system management services. As a full-service system integration company, Remote Lojix specializes in remote monitoring, task sourcing and network design services to multi-location corporate customers.

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Publication:LAN Product News
Date:Jan 1, 1999

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