The Difference Between Megabits Per Second (Mbps) and Megabytes Per Second (MBps)

Signing up for home internet or getting your business connected to the web can raise many questions, especially if you have never opted for this service before. Pioneer Communication helps homeowners and business owners throughout Southwest Kansas access stable, secure, and dependable internet service, so we can answer all your questions. Customers are often curious about the difference between Megabits per second and Megabytes per second. Although the words sound very similar Megabits (abbreviated Mbps) and Megabytes (abbreviated MBps) are actually different measurements. Knowing these terms will help you find the internet service package that is right for your particular needs.

A Quick Guide For Internet Users

In a nutshell, here are the differences between these two terms:

  • Megabits per second (or Mbps) is used to refer to upload and download speeds. It is a measurement of speed.
  • Megabytes per second (or MBps) refers to the amount of data transferred back and forth, usually as a file or other package. This is a measurement of size.

When shopping for internet service, you will be looking primarily at the speed of the connection; this will be written down as Mbps. For instance, 10 Mbps is an adequate service for one or two internet-connecting devices used for email, web browsing, and basic streaming services. This speed comfortably supports these tasks. 25 Mbps would be more appropriate for a household of internet-connecting devices or for someone who likes online gaming. Greater speed is required for sending and receiving the large amount of data required to support online gaming, website hosting, and similar tasks.

Finding the Right Amount of Internet Speed for You

Faster is always better, right? In many cases, yes you should certainly look for speedy internet connection that meets your household’s or business’s needs – but you should not have to pay for more internet service than you actually need. We can help you find the service package that suits you perfectly. Sign up for internet, phone, or cable TV service from Pioneer Communication today by calling 1.800.308.7536.

July 6th, 2017|Categories: Broadband|