Prasoon Jain April 14, 2018
internet speed

Internet Speed- The Guide to Internet Speed.

Have you ever wanted to know more about your internet speed? Does internet speed confused you? Do you scratch your head when you hear the technical term megabits, bandwidth or latency?

Do not take stress, you’re not the only one, Bunches of individuals are confused with internet speed. They don’t recognize what internet speed is, the way it works and why they should pay extra for a greater amount of it. Yet, it’s the internet service providers biggest selling, so speed must be significant … correct?

Internet speed – a Beginner’s glossary


Bandwidth describes the maximum data transfer rate of a network or Internet connection. It measures how much data can be sent over a specific connection in a given amount of time.


In telecommunications, broadband is wide bandwidth data transmission which transports multiple signals and traffic types. The medium can be coaxial cable, optical fiber, radio or twisted pair.

Megabits per second (Mbps):

A measurement of internet speed.

Internet Speed Test:

An online test that calculates how fast data can be downloaded.

What is Internet Speed:

Let’s start with a basic, but crucial one. Internet speed, the number they give you (5 Mbps, for example), has nothing to do with how fast your internet works. The internet has one primary job: to move data from one place to another. it refers to the speed which data or content travels across the World Wide Web to your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can pretty much bet that the bandwidth will be measured in megabits per second (Mbps) too. The speed of this data is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). One megabit is equal to 1,024 kilo bits. This conversion means 1.0 Mbps is more than 1,000 times faster than 1.0 kilo bits per second (Kbps).

Difference Between Upload and Download Speeds:

What does this mean? Well, that means that internet plan you are looking for has a Download Speed of 5 Mbps and an upload speed of 1 Mbps.
Differentiate the Upload Speed and Download Speed is really convenient- the Download Speed determines how fast the internet moves a piece of data to your device, while Upload Speeds move a piece of data away from it.

The logic behind the difference b/w upload and download speed because most internet connections are asymmetric.  The Bandwidth is a different size going one way compared to the other. Since most of the user across the world consume more data rather than uploading so bandwidth for download speed is greater than the upload speed.

What is Kbps, Mbps, MBps and Gbps?

These are the these abbreviations for the amount of data that is being sent per second. Here is what exactly each of them defines.

Kbps(Kilo bits per second): This is used when talking about dialup (56k for example) and low speed DSL.
Mbps or mbps(Megabits per second): Some people confuse this with megabytes. The difference between the two is how the “b” is written in the abbreviation; Mbps = megabits and MBps = megabytes. This is the most common unit of speed used.
MBps: (Megabytes per second): Megabytes aren’t usually used in (residential) internet plans.
Gbps: (Gigabits per second): Gigabits are hardly used for internet plans, and the costs make them unpractical for families and small businesses.

Converting Units of Internet Bandwidth

To give you a better idea how much bigger or small each unit of speed (bandwidth) is, here is a handy conversion chart.

Bits ==> Bytes: Divide by 8
Bytes ==> Bits: Multiply by 8 (1Byte=8Bit)
Kilo ==> Mega: Divide by 1,024
Mega ==> Kilo: Multiply by 1,024(1Mb=1024Kb)
Giga ==> Mega: Multiply by 1,024 (1Gb=1024Mb)
Mega ==> Giga: Divide by 1,024
Giga ==>Kilo: Multiply by 1,048,576 (1Gb=1024*1024kb)
Kilo ==> Giga: Divide by 1,048,576

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