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!

Blog Posts - QoE

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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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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Exploiting Wi-Fi at Scale – Making Wi-Fi Hi-Fi

Narayan Menon — 18 August 2015

Simplicity has been the name of the Wi-Fi game from its very beginning. From the outset, Wi-Fi has been designed for low cost, lightweight operation, simple interoperability and […]

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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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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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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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