Another component of network latency is switching delay, which represents the time required to shift data packets through the various hardware components comprising a network such as hubs, routers, etc. Vital Voice & Data utilizes the latest, proven high-speed network technologies to minimize delay from these hardware components, such that switching delay within the network is typically less than a few microseconds, a negligible delay when compared with the propagation delay.
It is a misconception that ‘direct’ leased lines are always faster than an IP packet-switched network. Telecommunications carrier networks have switching points and latencies that are comparable to packet networks and, all things being equal, they demonstrate similar latencies. Switching delays through high-speed packet-switched networks are of a similar order to those in leased-line networks.