Manchester, NH -- Cloud-managed WiFi and security platform Minim acquired MCP Networks, creators of Aerez, a leading managed WiFi solution built for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs).
Aerez provides WISPs with cost savings of up to 30% on support as well as a premium user experience through a complete, managed Mikrotik router service, subscriber mobile app and integrated support tools. Minim will integrate Aerez’s innovative Quality of Experience (QoE) functionality and Mikrotik router support into its platform, giving the combined customer base access to more hardware choices and advanced managed WiFi and IoT security features.
"Bringing Aerez into the Minim family made perfect sense," said Jeremy Hitchcock, founder and CEO of Minim. "We have a shared vision to help service providers and their subscribers easily manage their networks as the average number of devices per connected home is already at nine and growing. I was hooked on Aerez the moment I saw the ease of use of their app. They can prioritize my bandwidth over my kids' bandwidth and offer automatic YouTube safety mode settings on children's devices. I thought, Minim customers need that."
Minim is a residential managed WiFi and security Software as a Service (SaaS) that gives service providers freedom of choice in equipment and feature set, lowering implementation costs and eliminating CPE vendor lock-in. The company has developed proprietary technology to fingerprint, manage and secure all connected devices in the smart home, with no user configuration required.
"We are thrilled to join Minim," said Candice Perea, former Aerez CEO and now lead of product at Minim. "As a startup, we built Aerez with extreme focus on the WISP’s needs and the Mikrotik platform. Now part of the Minim team, we will be able to expand hardware choices for our customers, offer cutting-edge IoT fingerprinting and security, develop features faster, and better serve more operators."
The Aerez team will maintain offices in Fargo, ND as a division of Minim. Both companies are vendor members of WISPA, a 501.c6 advocacy organization that promotes the development, advancement, and unification of the WISP industry.
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