Latency will make or break the cloud economy

FTTP marketing often focuses on levels of bandwidth offered, and while that’s an important component of the service, it may not ultimately prove to be the most important: Latency is the often disregarded feature that could prove to be the most significant. Herman Wagter explores the ties between bandwidth and latency in the report Latency will make or break the cloud economy and explains how technology choices in the access affect the latter.

As the cloud economy is poised to become a major revenue generator in both business and residential markets, understanding these dynamics is indeed crucial. The holy grail of having anywhere, anytime access to services in the “cloud” is becoming a reality, and ubiquitous broadband, both fixed and mobile, will be the enabler of this transformation in the way we use computing resources. This report examines why latency rather than bandwidth dominates the user experience, and what opportunities this presents for operators to differentiate themselves.

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The holy grail of having anywhere, anytime access to services in the “cloud” is becoming a reality.Ubiquitous broadband, both fixed and mobile, will be the enabler of this transformation in the waywe use computing resources. This report examines why latency rather than bandwidth dominatesthe user experience, and what opportunities this presents for operators to differentiate themselves. (7 pages)