Blog

Welcome to the XCellAir Blog! A few promises:

  1. Self-promotion will be kept to a minimum and if the occasional blurb on some achievement is jotted down, it’ll be accompanied by a market or technology-related piece or two.
  2. We’ll be posting regularly…otherwise, what’s the point?!
  3. Periodically, the blog will have nothing to do with industry stuff. Our team is comprised of interesting individuals and we’d like to let you see behind the curtain.

Enjoy the reads, join in on the conversation and come back often!

Small Business Wi-Fi Woes

Todd Mersch — 17 October 2017

You own a small business and know that your work force and potentially your customers rely on Wi-Fi. Your employees are increasingly reliant on mobile devices and the freedom of […]

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The potential for unlocked Wi-Fi

Todd Mersch — 6 September 2017

We know from our own research that Wi-Fi doesn’t make full use of the spectrum available. As Wi-Fi access points become denser in an area, they will interfere with each other and […]

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Competing with the at-home experience with Wi-Fi

Todd Mersch — 15 August 2017

There’s nothing like being there. Except, increasingly, being at home is exactly like being at the big game, or at a stadium gig… and it’s sometimes even better. It’s not […]

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Virgin Media: A case of the hare and the turtle?

Todd Mersch — 11 July 2017

In the UK, the broadband arms race to be the best, the fastest or the quickest internet provider is well-known. So, when Virgin Media recently announced that its 100 Mbps service […]

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Managing MDUs a Potential Windfall for Operators

Todd Mersch — 28 June 2017

The number of people choosing to move back into urban areas, forgoing the McMansion for walkability, is increasing yearly. Being a “San Diegan” this is clearly evidenced every […]

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Comcast’s new Wi-Fi solution points the way — but isn’t the final destination

Todd Mersch — 6 June 2017

Previously, we’ve taken a close look at the approach MSOs have had to Wi-Fi management, in particular Comcast’s Advanced Wireless Gateway. While delivering an improved Wi-Fi […]

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Guerilla Engineering Part 2

Todd Mersch — 12 May 2017

Welcome to the second installment of our “Guerilla Engineering – Tales from the Start-Up Trenches” series of blog posts. This edition is half bravado and half ingenuity with […]

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Guerrilla Engineering Part 1

Todd Mersch — 26 April 2017

Much of our blog space is taken up with commentary on market trends or new technology, which is good, but it certainly is not the whole XCellAir™ story. That’s why I’ve decided […]

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Going Going Gone… Not so Fast

Todd Mersch — 5 April 2017

When watching sports, I suffer from chronic early celebration and – without fail – my exuberance acts as a jinx. “He’s going to take it to the house… fumble”, […]

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Comcast’s new Wi-Fi solution only solves half of the problem

Todd Mersch — 13 February 2017

For a moment it seemed that Comcast had listened to our plea to service providers. At CES the company previewed its new smart home platform designed to make the onboarding of Wi-Fi […]

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What’s ahead in 2017? – XCellAir Trends Blog

Todd Mersch — 8 February 2017

2017 presents a wealth of prospects for the wireless industry, especially as operators seize opportunities in the home. But all will not be so easy if operators cannot overcome the […]

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You Likely Need More than One Wi-Fi AP

Todd Mersch — 31 January 2017

I’d like to start off by saying how excited and humbled we are with the overwhelmingly positive response to our Home Wi-Fi Advisor tool. Both the number of press outlets covering […]

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Battle of the bands – do you have the best, the fastest or the strongest Wi-Fi?

Todd Mersch — 20 October 2016

Comcast recently claimed to have “the fastest internet in America”. A pretty big and bold claim – and one that was quickly retracted thanks to the National Advertising Division […]

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ISPs must fight for their place in the home

Todd Mersch — 15 August 2016

Walk into your local Best Buy and another device is fighting for space alongside the 4K televisions and ever-thinner laptops: routers. It was once the case that these devices were […]

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Reaching the Urban Unconnected needs more than just ‘more Wi-Fi’

Todd Mersch — 7 July 2016

Last month saw the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day, run by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), as a tool to promote Wi-Fi for socioeconomic development, and also to focus stakeholder […]

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Ring’s Single Point of Failure

Todd Mersch — 19 April 2016

Pop quiz… what do a recent CBS Good Morning segment, the Wall Street Journal, and the best man from my wedding all have in common? They all provided the Wi-Fi based, camera-enabled […]

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Tragedy or Opportunity?

Todd Mersch — 15 March 2016

Recently Tim Worstall published an opinion piece in Forbes, “Free Cellphone Bandwidth and the Tragedy of the Commons” based on an article from Reuters covering a similar topic. […]

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MWC Survival Tips

Todd Mersch — 19 February 2016

On the eve of my ten-year anniversary attending the “Congress” (as us regulars call it…) I finally feel justified in sharing a few of my own strategies to thrive not just survive […]

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POTUS Puts White House Wi-Fi on Blast

Todd Mersch — 12 February 2016

During the annual pre-Super Bowl presidential interview, I still find it strange the president gets on TV before sporting events as a matter of tradition these days, many may have […]

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Hello HaLow

Todd Mersch — 2 February 2016

Well, I’ve been a bit of a stranger – it’s been super busy but I am trying hard to get back into regular blogging. The recent news in the IOT space provides a nice opportunity […]

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Monetization What About Militarization

Todd Mersch — 22 October 2015

You can find an article on “monetizing” Wi-Fi almost daily, but how often do you find one that militarizes the technology? Leave it to the US Army to take fair-share socialistic […]

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Huge Data Bills from Apple IOS9 Wi-Fi Assist – I’m Skeptical

Todd Mersch — 5 October 2015

The pendulum of love and hate for Apple devices swings ever more quickly. In the spirit of full disclosure, I tend to be an Apple fan over Android, but I’m far from an Apple junkie […]

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Google Gets It – Smart WiFi is the Key

Todd Mersch — 24 August 2015

This is a marketing guys dream – XCellAir & Google have something fundamentally in common. You’ll have to imagine the dramatic pause before reading the next line… So what […]

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The Game of Homes – A Story of Content & WiFi

Todd Mersch — 6 August 2015

When I first joined this industry a decade ago there was a constant dialogue around “quad-play” and “taking a bigger piece of the wallet”. At least in my opinion – which […]

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How to NOT Hate Business Travel – Posted from SW Flight 900

Todd Mersch — 27 July 2015

If you’re like me you spend way more time in the air and away from home than the average working adult. Some years have been crazier than others, but for the last 7+ it’s been […]

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Taking Connectivity for Granted – Cuba’s 35 WiFi Hotspots

Todd Mersch — 17 July 2015

Every once in a while you read a few articles over a few days and realize how easy it is to take the good things you have for granted. I not only rely but revel in connectivity – […]

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The Fight for Voice Minutes – What is this 1996?

Todd Mersch — 10 July 2015

Last time I checked everything is all about smart “stuff” (phone stopped being an adequate noun long ago) driving data consumption and in turn catalyzing the impending doom of […]

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Business Dinners – Someone take charge please!

Todd Mersch — 30 June 2015

As promised we’ll periodically have blog entries that have little to do with technology or industry news. This here is the inaugural one. We all have numerous business dinners […]

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Price Sensitive Customers – Take Em’ or Leave ‘Em?

Todd Mersch — 29 June 2015

Unbeknownst to many there is a battle brewing for the price sensitive mobile customer subscriber base. Till date these customers have primarily been serviced by low-cost Mobile Virtual […]

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