Network latency can be defined as the time delay incurred when transmitting data between a source and its destination. It is a critical consideration in the telecommunications industry, especially as the demand for real-time applications and services continues to grow. By minimizing the time taken for data transmission, a low-latency network facilitates cost-effective connectivity. From an end-user perspective, network latency is encountered at different layers in the TCP/IP stack and is influenced by many of factors, including hardware and software constraints, but ultimately, the physical distance traveled by data in a networked system.
Achieving minimal latency is essential for enhancing productivity and efficiency in any organization, but for some, low latency is critical - especially for the delivery of latency-sensitive services such as media streaming, financial transactions, gaming, and collaboration tools.
For end-users, elevated latency is synonymous with frustration, a negative customer experience, sluggish performance, decreased productivity, and a tarnished reputation. Conversely, low latency is a crucial factor in conversations about the quality and reliability of a network.
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