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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!

Blog Posts - QoE

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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Videotron, ETS and XCellAir Collaborate to Deliver the Smart Dorm Experience

Amit Agarwal — 28 June 2017

Last week Videotron, along with ÉTS, Ericsson and the and the Quartier de l’innovation (QI), announced the first suite of projects kicked off as part of the Open Sky Laboratory […]

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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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Is 3.5GHz the end to the spectrum conundrum?

Narayan Menon — 1 June 2017

The desperate need for more spectrum means there has been much talk in the industry about the Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service (CRBS) and the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. Rather than […]

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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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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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BestBuy wants to help Home Wi-Fi Engineer

Hardik Ajmera — 8 November 2016

For consumers, internet means Wi-Fi and that’s the technology of choice for their entertainment & work to security & convenience at home. In the quest to solve the home […]

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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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Ofcom’s plans aren’t enough – service providers need to manage Wi-Fi congestion

Narayan Menon — 23 May 2016

How do you solve a traffic jam? If the traffic on a road is congested during rush hour every day, what measures should the authorities take to manage the road better?

A very […]

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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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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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Improving Wi-Fi QoE Equals Good Business

Amit Agarwal — 24 September 2015

While not surprising to the team at XCellAir, it is not always clear to outside stakeholders that improving Wi-Fi QoE is both a difficult technical challenge and makes good business […]

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