Comparing operator network latency in the second quarter

Network speeds understandably get a lot of attention. However, relatively little attention gets directed at 3G and LTE latency speeds. Latency is defined as the time it takes for a source to send a packet of data to a receiver, and it's typically measured in milliseconds. The lower the latency (the fewer the milliseconds), the better the network performance.

In partnership with OpenSignal, FierceWireless is trying to shed some light on the latency issue, with a closer look at how operators stack up against each other. The analysis looks at their different network technologies, from LTE to EV-DO Rev. A to eHRPD (a software solution that allows Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint (NYSE: S) to use existing CDMA towers to pass data packets over to the LTE network) to HSPAP (part of the HSPA upgrade path) to HSPA. How, for example, did AT&T's (NYSE: T) latency stack up against its rivals in the second quarter? Check out this FierceWireless special report to find out.