Verizon, Consolidated take lead in Q3 network latency, throughput and availability, while FairPoint and Frontier lag

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How well a service provider's network performs is due to factors including availability, throughput and latency. These factors have a direct impact on how operators serve businesses and consumers.

FierceTelecom, through a new partnership with Cedexis, a provider of Internet measurement and real-time performance optimization solutions, hopes to shed some light on how the top seven U.S. wireline networks performed in terms of latency, throughput and availability.

Below you'll find charts showing exactly how these service providers stacked up against each other in the third quarter across their respective networks.

In conducting its analysis, Cedexis measured the networks against five U.S. CDNs (from Akamai, Limelight, Edgecast, Level 3, and Highwinds). The company has measurements for each region of the country, but unless noted the below results are averaged across the entire United States.

Network Latency:
 

Network latency, U.S. wireline providers, Q3 2015. Image: Cedexis
Image: Cedexis


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Cedexis measured nationwide latency during a thirty-day period between September and October. Latency, which is typically measured in milliseconds, is defined as the time it takes for a source to send a packet of data to a receiver. The lower the latency (the fewer the milliseconds), the better the network performance is for the user.

Out of the seven service providers, Consolidated had the lowest network latency at 40.66 milliseconds, followed closely by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) with 44.01 milliseconds.

On the other hand, AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink and Windstream made up the middle of the range with latency speeds of between 46.19 and 52.9 milliseconds.

Finally, FairPoint and Frontier showed the highest latency speeds with 58.5 and 63 milliseconds, respectively.

Network Throughput:
 

Network throughput, U.S. wireline providers, Q3 2015. Image: Cedexis
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Cedexis measured throughput in Mbps. In terms of network throughput, Verizon was the clear leader in this category with 7.5 Mbps. Trailing Verizon were Consolidated and CenturyLink, which had 6.4 Mbps and 5.36 Mbps, respectively. Cedexis noted that Consolidated had "exceptional" regions of high throughput in the Northeast, while CenturyLink had strong results in the Northeast and the Great Lakes region.

Taking the middle spots were AT&T with 4.9 Mbps and Windstream with 3.8 Mbps.

Frontier and FairPoint Communications showed the worst throughput overall with 2.8 and 2.79 Mbps, respectively. FairPoint had what Cedexis noted was "below average throughput performance."

Network Availability:
 

Network availability, U.S. wireline providers, Q3 2015. Image: Cedexis
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Cedexis measured network availability as a percentage of connection attempts. Similar to latency and throughput, service provider performance in this category varied.

Cedexis said FairPoint had the worst overall singular region (Mid-Atlantic) in terms of availability, while AT&T had the best rating for providers across every region.

Verizon, Consolidated take lead in Q3 network latency, throughput and availability, while FairPoint and Frontier lag

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