March 1, 2011
Solving The Slowdown: Ways To Reduce Wireless Network Latency
Until recently, engineers have treated network latency and human-factor latency as two separate phenomena. From an engineering perspective, they have two very different causes, which on the surface may not seem related.
By George Lawton
As underlying wireless network speeds increase, latency a measure of the limits of back and forth communications is playing a bigger role in the user experience than is channel capacity. This has implications not just for engineering and for increasing throughput but also for profits.
Major Web companies are discovering that differences in Web page-load time of less than a second can affect usage and revenues. For example, when Google gave users the option of increasing search results from 10 to 30, the load time increased 400 milliseconds (ms) to 900 ms. This half-second delay resulted in a 25-percent drop-off in first-result page searches. Bing found that a two-second slowdown reduced revenues per user by 4.3 percent.
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