What does Mbps actually mean?

Megabits (Mb) and Megabytes (MB) are how we measure units of data, and Megabits-per-second (Mbps) and Megabytes-per-second (MBps) are how we measure data transfer speeds. The higher the number, the more data can be transferred per second, so it’s faster.

 

There are 8 Megabits (8 Mb) in a Megabyte (1 MB), but most broadband providers refer to broadband speeds in Megabits because it’s a bigger, more impressive number!

 

We've put together a conversion chart for you to see how this translates:

 

SPEED (Mbps) Download Rate (MB/s)
75Mbps 9.375MB/s
200Mbps

25MB/s

500Mbps

62.5MB/s

1000Mbps

125MB/s

3000Mbps 375MB/s

 

The amount of data we use daily is increasing at an incredible rate as we use more smart devices in our homes and at work – 4K TVs, smart devices like Alexa, tablets, smartphones, laptops and much more. Each of these uses data (half an hour of Youtube can use 175MB, downloading an HD film can use 4GB), and when you, your housemates or family all want to do these things at the same time you need reliable high-speed broadband to handle it.

 

That’s why our incredibly fast full-fibre broadband lets you do more all at the same time, with no spinning wheels, drop-outs or restarts.

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