Internet Performance Myth #1: The Speed of Light Explains Poor Performance

Team Teridion

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.

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