Thursday, 01 August 2019 11:34

The Difference between Megabits and Megabytes?

Written by Steve Russo, Director of Operations

Mbps (or Mb/s) with a lowercase "b" means megabits per second. Mb/s is used to measure internet download and upload speeds. 

MBps (or MB/s) with an uppercase "B" means megabytes per second. MB/s is used to measure file size, or the speed of data transfer. 

One megabyte is technically equal to eight megabits, but you rarely use the terms to refer to the same thing. When speaking about internet connection and speed, you'll hear things in terms of megabits. When talking about storage space, you'll typically hear things in terms of megabytes. 

Using each term in a sentence: 

Example 1: RCN internet speed at NewTV is 100 Mb/s (megabits per second). That means it's fast and capable of uploading many large HD files simultaneously as well as streaming live video without interruption.

Example 2: The memory cards our members use are capable of transferring the files at a maximum speed of 95 MB/s (megabytes per second).

So if you are inquiring about a new internet package and want to know the speed, make sure they are quoting you in megabits per second. 

Knowing the difference between the two will help you clarify things when purchasing internet and will help you understand why that footage you're trying to transfer is taking so long. 

Required Mbps for Online Activity 

megabits needed for different internet activity 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 For more info about Mbps speed, read the FCC's guide

 

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