Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) subscribers are experiencing roughly equal latencies, at right about the group average of 105ms. The numbers are all monthly averages, covering a one-month period starting in late April and extending into May. The data was collected and analyzed by Cedexis .
Why is there such a difference in performance metrics? Could be any number of reasons. Light Reading will be working with Cedexis to mine wireless and fixed network performance metrics, and, as we proceed, we will also begin examining how those metric may vary, why performance metrics might differ, and why those differences might matter.
Metrics are excellent at providing insight into the causes for some trends. For example: Within the past year or so, companies that typically did business with one CDN began working with others, so that they had deals with two or more. Why? Several reasons are revealed by performance metrics. The numbers show that the performance of almost every CDN worldwide varies by geography. CDN subscribers with international reach are looking to get the best performance in each geographic subdivision.
Furthermore, different CDNs experience peaks and valleys in traffic load that can vary monthly, weekly, daily, and sometimes even hourly. CDN customers looking to optimize their delivery performance look at these metrics to create relationships with multiple CDNs whose traffic patterns complement one another to the CDN customer's benefit.
Back to the chart accompanying this article. It also shows the latency performance of several wireline networks. The aggregate average latency for the wireline networks in Texas is 47.4ms. Wireline latencies are naturally lower than wireless network latencies.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Verizon clock in with only 31ms of latency. Charter Communications Inc. 's and Cox Communications Inc. 's dots on the chart overlap at 56ms and 57ms, respectively. The latency on AT&T's wireline network is 62ms -- double that of Comcast's and Verizon's.
Cedexis also provided average broadband speeds for these networks in Texas. The mobile average was 1.4 Mbit/s; the wireline average was 5.1 Mbit/s.
— Brian Santo, Senior Editor, Components, T&M, Light Reading