Latency often gets overlooked in carriers' announcements about their LTE networks. 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.
According to a new report on the first quarter from OpenSignal, which has partnered with FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) showed a slightly higher latency in LTE when compared with its competitors, though the difference likely is imperceptible to subscribers. Verizon and Sprint (NYSE: S) also slowed slightly higher latency figures in their 3G networks when compared with AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS). For more on OpenSignal's findings, check out our special report.