Wireless carriers seem to be obsessed with the speeds that their LTE networks can provide now, and will provide in the future. While downlink and uplink speeds are important factors in determining the consumer experience, a less heralded metric is network latency.
Latency is defined as the time it takes for a source to send a packet of data to a receiver. Latency is typically measured in milliseconds. The lower the latency (the fewer the milliseconds) the better the network performance.
With all that in mind, we at FierceWireless, with our partner OpenSignal, are aiming to change the focus of how network performance is measured. Starting this month FierceWireless and OpenSignal are reporting the network latency speeds of the Tier 1 U.S. wireless carriers.
During the month of October, T-Mobile US' LTE network showed the lowest latency figures, just beating out the latency speeds of AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and Sprint (NYSE:S).
For the first report, click here.