Facts About ‘Mbps’ Promised By Telecoms: It’s Not ‘Megabytes Per Second’

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We’ve all been suckers for it. When it comes to signing up for a data plan with a telco, we fall for the promises of the biggest Mbps package.

We want speed. We want it fast. And we want it now.

And then reality sets in.

Your downloads lag. It takes FOREVER at times. What’s supposed to work at the speed of light is trailing behind like a snail. I’m not going to sugarcoat the details for you, because you’ve experienced it countless times.

We’re going to find out the hidden truth behind the Mbps promises from telcos.

Megabyte per Second? Or Not?

For a start, I’m 98% certain that you think Mbps stands for Megabyte per second, so if you’re downloading one megabyte of content, it’ll take one exact second.

You’re wrong.

Well, Mbps stands for Megabits per second. One megabit is equivalent to approximately 0.125 megabytes. So, when you see a telco advertising a package of 15Mbps, this means that your download speed is at 1.875 megabytes per second.

Yes, that’s why your Netflix still lags.

You see, here’s something even more confusing: Mbps is megabits per second, while MBps is megabytes per second.

Get it so far?

Can I get the full Speed of my Modem on Wifi?

Sadly, no. Let me explain things a bit more here. Wifi is only half duplex compared to an Ethernet connection. In plain English, it’s not as solid.

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