Who Really Cares About Latency?

Internet Network

By Kristin LeeOct 19, 2021


Specifically, which applications and network operators have latency on their minds?

Well, content providers, gaming companies, financial enterprises, and cloud service providers, to name a few.

TeleGeography Senior Analyst Paul Brodsky recently joined experts from Ciena and Angola Cables for an hour-long discussion centered around Connecting to Africa with Low-Latency Services.

For his part, Paul mapped out the market landscape as it relates to latency. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from his presentation:

  • Content providers are funding new lower-latency routes to better meet their bandwidth needs.
  • Some online games (first-person shooter, for example) are particularly sensitive to latency because they require nearly instantaneous feedback.
  • Shortest-path cables help enable high-frequency trading.
  • The cloud is not ubiquitous and latency may greatly impact your cloud experience.
  • Cable routes are becoming more direct between data centers to avoid drop-offs. And new cables—like Australia-Oman—are being developed with direct routing to cut down latency.

Want more than just the highlights? You can re-watch the full discussion over here.


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Paul Brodsky

Paul Brodsky

Paul Brodsky is a Senior Research Manager at TeleGeography. He is part of the network, internet, cloud, and voice research team. His regional expertise includes Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

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