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Bits VS Bytes

10th July 2016

If you weren’t already confused with net speak, data downloads and data speeds are calculated using two different measurements. Not ideal…
Best cheat is to keep an eye on which letters are capitalized.

Megabytes (MB) and Gigabytes (GB)

Downloads are measured in bytes. Each increment is 1000x larger than the one before it. So if you download a 100MB file, that’s equivalent to using 0.1GB of your monthly data allowance.

Megabits (Mbps)

Speed is measured by per second. There are 8 bits in a byte which makes calculations slightly harder because most things in life are calculated in multiples of 10.

If your connection speed is 100Mbps, you can download 12.5MB of data per second. If a movie you download is 1GB in size, it will take 80 seconds to download at this speed. This helps you figure out how long something might take but doesn’t affect how much data you are using. That will stay the same depending on the size of the file being downloaded.

Looking to upgrade to a bigger plan or chat about how much data you need? Feel free to contact us over the phone or visit our website www.exetel.com.au.

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