As you know, the internet has become a part of our life. We use it every day to enhance our knowledge. The internet is an ocean of knowledge. You can search for everything on Google, the world’s number one search engine. But today, we will talk about the internet speed i.e, what Mbps stands for and I will explain the internet speed in detail.
Technology is becoming advanced day by day and the internet speed as well just like smartphones. We use the internet daily but many users do not know about the difference between Mbps and Mbps. Today, I will teach you what Mbps stands for, and what does MBps mean? You will get an answer in this article.
What is Bandwidth?
Before we dive into our main topic, I consider it important to know you about bandwidth. When we talk about internet speed, bandwidth comes into mind but what is bandwidth? It is the rate of transmission of data from one point to another in a specific amount of time.
In simple words, downloading speed is also known as bandwidth. When we download a file from the internet, it means that we are transferring data from a remote computer to our local compute and the rate at which the data is transferring is known as bandwidth. I have written a detailed article about the internet. You can read it then you will understand about downloading and uploading. Click below link to read the entire article:
Also Read: What is the definition of the Internet? How does it work?
What Mbps Stands for?
Now, you can better understand what Mbps stands for? Mbps stands for Megabits per second. We can say that it is internet bandwidth, how much data is transferring in one second. Higher the Mbps, more data will transfer from remote computers to our local computer. Internet Service Providers (ISP) give us an internet package in Mbps.
Mbps means how many megabits are transferring in one second. For instance, you download software from the internet and the software begins to download, the speed at which the software is downloading is known as bandwidth and it is measured in Megabits per second. Higher your Mbps means more data will transfer to your local computer since it is a downloading speed.
What is MBps?
You might think that MBps is the same as Mbps but there is a huge difference between them. MBps stands for MegaBytes Per Second. Here, the main difference Mbps and MBps is Bit and Byte. So first, we will discuss these terms.
Bit vs Byte: Bit is the smallest unit of data. Usually, data size is measured in bytes whereas, broadband speed is measured in bits. A byte is 8 times bigger than a bit.
1 Byte = 8 Bits
10 Byte = 80 Bits (8*10)
I hope you have understood the relation between byte and bit i.e, MegaByte is eight times bigger than Megabit.
Conversion Between Megabit and MegaByte
It is very easy to convert Megabit to MegaByte and vice versa. If you have understood the above section then you can do it yourself easily but I will help you in this regard. If you want to convert Megabit to MegaByte then simple Divide Megabit to 8 and it will convert into MegaByte. Since 1byte = 8bits. For instance:
8 Megabit = 1 MegaByte ( 8 divided by 8)
40 Megabit = 5 MegaByte ( 40 divided by 8)
If you want to convert MegaByte to Megabit then simply Multiply the MegaByte to 8 and it will convert into Megabit. Examples are given below:
10 MegaByte = 80 Megabit (10 * 8)
8 MegaByte = 64 Megabit ( 8 * 8)
This is the simple method of conversion between MB (MegaByte) and Mb (Megabit). Now, you can easily convert. If not, then observe the above examples again for better understanding.
Plans of ISP Companies
Your Internet Service Provider companies give you internet speed in Mbps (Megabit per second). It contains a small ‘b‘ mean bit, not a capital ‘B‘ mean Byte. We use torrent, IDM or any download manager software to download files from the internet. The speed mentioned in these download managers software is in MBps (MegaByte Per Second) and not in Mbps.
Therefore, if your ISP provides 8 Mbps speed then it does not mean that you will get 8 MBps to download speed rather you have to divide Mpbs to 8 in order to convert into MBps (downloading speed). You will get only 1 MBps speed if your package is 8 Mbps (8 divided by 8). More examples are given below:
10 Mbps internet package = 1.25 MBps downloading speed (10 / 8)
16 Mbps internet package = 2 MBps downloading speed (16 / 8)
I hope you have understood this calculation as well. In other words, if you want to calculate your downloading speed from your internet package, simply divide your internet package by 8 and that result will be your downloading speed.
In the above screenshot, you can see that the downloading speed is 19.53 Mbps so we have to divide it by 8 in order to see the actual downloading speed which will be 2.44 MBps. Now, I hope you have digested this article fully.
If you the downloading speed then, you can easily estimate the time it will take to download a file of 1 GB or any size. Yes, we can easily do this. Look at the following example and enhance your knowledge:
8 Mbps Internet Plan
Downloading Speed = 1MBps = 1000KBps
File Size = 1000 MB = 1 GB
Time Required = 1000 MB (File size) / 1 MB (downloading speed in one second)
1000 Seconds = Approximate 16.5 Minute
It means if you are downloading a file of at 1 MegaByte per second then, it will take 1000 seconds to reach 1000 MegaByte file size. This is the simple calculation for estimating time.
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