No matter how you slice it, when it comes to the mobile experience, latency matters… a lot. Latency is the time it takes for a source to send a packet of data to a receiver, but the fact is, it can mean different things to different people. It all depends on how it’s measured and who measures it.
There’s no shortage of tech lingo when it comes to latency calculations like one-way/round trip, propagation time, link data rates and distance, packet size and frame serialization. But the upshot is pretty simple irrespective of how you measure it: the higher the network latency you experience the less compelling the user experience is going to be.
A recent FierceWireless article compared latency on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile 3G/4G networks. The comparison was done to substantiate carrier claims of improved latency for their LTE deployments. While you may not understand the technical nuances, this article offers up some visual cues of how carriers stack up across the different technologies and why.
While these numbers may to help paint a clearer picture for you, the real proof will always be in the mobile experience itself.
How much do latency numbers matter to you? Do they clear or muddy the waters when trying to determine which carrier to choose?
By the Cel-Fi Team