Mbps and MBps

 

By Vangie Beal

Mbps, also seen as mb/s, is an abbreviation for megabits per second. If you capitalize the b and make the abbreviation MBps (or MB/s), it stands for megabytes per second. Both of these terms are used as a measure of data transfer rate.

MBps vs. Mbps

Comparing Mbps and MBps comes down to comparing megabits and megabytes. A megabit is the smaller of the two and is made up of one million bits. A megabyte is made up of eight megabits.

Mbps is a measurement most often seen when looking at the offerings of an internet provider.

Essentially, Mbps is used as a way to measure internet speed a higher Mbps means that larger amounts of data can be transferred faster. Many people have compared Mbps to a hose or pipe. The larger the Mbps pipe, the larger the amount of data that is able to flow through it.

While Mbps is used to denote internet upload and download speeds, MBps is used more to describe the amount of data transferred or the file size. When deciding what internet speed to purchase, it is important to consider a few things:

  • What will you be using the internet for? This is important to consider because streaming HD videos and gaming will require a lot more Mbps than just checking your email and surfing the web.

  • How many people or devices will be using your internet connection? If there will be multiple devices connected to your internet connection at one time, you will need to increase the Mbps to maintain a high-speed connection.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

Top Articles

The Complete List of 1500+ Common Text Abbreviations & Acronyms

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 SMS, online chat, and text abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

Windows Operating System History & Versions

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

Generations of Computers (1st to 5th)

Reviewed by Web Webster Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...

Security Breach

Any unauthorized access to a computer network, computer data, devices, or applications is...

Productivity Software

Productivity software is a broad term used for software applications that increase the...

3PL (Third-Party Logistics)

Third-party logistics, typically referred to by the acronym 3PL, is the process a...