What is Mbps (megabits per second)

Megabits Per Second (Mbps) is not the same as Megabytes Per Second (MBps). It takes 8 Megabits to equal 1 Megabyte. You will generally see Mbps when network speed is being referenced, and MBps indicates the amount of file data transferred per second.

This might be slightly confusing so let’s take an example.

If you want to download a short video, and the file size is 10 MB (Megabytes). Your internet connection gives you download speeds up to 16 Mbps. First, convert your Mbps into MBps by dividing 16 by 8 which equals 2 MBps. Now divide the file size (10 MB) by your MBps (2) to get the amount of time it will take to download the file. 10 MB / 2 MBps = 5 seconds. It will take approximately 5 seconds to download your 10 MB file with an internet connection of 16 Mbps.

Each megabit is equal to 1 million bits. The capacity smaller than Mbps is kilobits per second (Kbps), with the prefix kilo representing 1,000 bits per second, and higher than Mbps are gigabits per second (Gbps), with the prefix giga indicating 1 billion bits per second.

Using these metrics, 1,000 Mbps is equal to 1 Gbps.

How Fast is Your Internet Connection

You can test your current broadband speed here: www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk


Or, search for "broadband speed test" and follow the instructions.

To Get the most accurate results:
  • Connect with wires - For the most accurate results, your computer should be connected to your router using an Ethernet cable.
  • Disconnect other wireless devices - Make sure no other devices or people use the broadband connection during the speed test.
    For the best results, close all other programs and internet browsers running on your computer and stop any active downloads.