If you have recently purchased a program from an ISP (ISP), you may have noticed that the company advertises them speeds its broadband performance in megabit or gigabit per second. On the other hand, most mobile apps or Internet with data limits, measure maximum usage in megabytes or gigabytes.
Until now you may have thought that these two terms are the same. However, a "bit" and a "byte" are separate units of measurement used for different things. Each byte consists of eight bits. So one megabyte equals eight megabits, eight megabytes equals 64 megabits, and so on.
In addition, their abbreviations are different. The bit can be seen as Mb ή Mbit, while the byte as MB. When referring to speed, megabits per second are referred to as “Mbps", While megabytes per second as"MB / s".
Mega, Giga, Tera and others
When measuring data in bits or bytes, it is important to know the following common unit prefixes:
- 1.024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte
- 1.024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte
- 1.024 gigabytes = 1 terabyte
Most of it hardware is measured in terabytes, while most connection speeds are measured in gigabits.
It is also very convenient to know some quick conversions about the numbers used for internet programs. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- 25 megabits per second = 3,125 megabytes per second
- 100 megabits per second = 12,5 megabytes per second
- 1 gigabit per second = 128 megabytes per second
Remember to always be careful about the bandwidth promised by your ISP. If in doubt, you can do a quick search on Internet, to find out what the average internet speeds in your area are.