Reality: Poor performance often has little to do with the speed of light.
The speed of light through copper takes about 40ms to get from anywhere on the globe to any other point. Users complaining about slow internet performance are typically experiencing page load delays of 10,000 ms or more, meaning that the speed of light explains a very small part of the delay (0.4% to be exact).
For slow operations like file transfers and web page loads in bandwidth-constrained regions like Asia and Latin America, significant slowdowns in Internet performance are often the result of traffic congestion, poor peering and government restrictions.
Learn more about optimizing end-to-end Internet throughput:
- The speed of electricity in copper is 300,000 km per second and circumference of earth is 40,000 km so light can circle the globe 7.5 times per second
- Download “The Internet Backbone Problem” whitepaper
Read more about what good Internet performance looks like
- Understand the importance of good Internet performance to customer retention