Mbps (Megabits per second)
Mbps or Megabits per second refers to the speed at which 1 Mb (Megabit) is relayed in a second. 1 Mb pertains to 1,000 Kb or 1000^2 bits. The bit does not use alone, some prefixes like Mega, Kilo also used with them. â€˜Megaâ€™ used to mention quantities of a million. In current data transmission, Mbps is a common measure of speeds. In a digital system, a bit is the smallest unit of information, which refers to a binary value.
Some people confuse between Mbps and MBps. Both these terms are different as the lowercase â€œbâ€ (in Mbps) refers to bits, whereas the uppercase â€œBâ€ denotes a larger cluster of data, bytes. The group of 8 bits makes a 1 byte. A megabit is equal to 1,000,000 bits, whereas a megabyte would refer to 8,000 bits. Usually, bytes denote the Internet data and speeds are measured in bits per second as data transmission occurs 1 bit at a time.
As the technology evolves, new modern technology emerges that transfers data at speeds measured in Mbps. Some more developed systems may provide even faster speeds measured in Gigabits per second. 1 Gb equals 1,000 Mb, but commonly Mbps is used worldwide. If we look back at the past technologies, the rate of speed is as low as 56kbps. The growing developments in every tech industry have led to faster speeds.
1 Mbps = 1,000 Kbps or 1,000,000 bps.
1Gbps = 1,000,000 Kbps or 1 billion bps.
Mostly, data speeds are measured in Mbps. Here are a few examples:
T1 - 1.544 Mbps
T3 - 44.736 Mbps
DSL - up to 8 Mbps
Cable Modem - up to 52 Mbps
USB - 12 Mbps
USB 2.0 - 480 Mbps