Don’t be confused if you aren’t sure what the internet speeds requirements and information written on different data plans, or within apps, mean. First, you are not the only one in this industry who finds all of this unit business confusing. Second, this article will help you understand what it is.
Kilo, Mega, Giga, Tera
Kbps is the speed at which you can send or receive kilobits per sec. Megabits per second is Mbps. These metric measures indicate how many bits can be sent and received per second.
Before we get into data transfer more in depth, let’s first explain the order and magnitude of data transfer.
- Is 50 Mbps really fast?
- Gaming: Is 30Mbps a good speed?
- 12Mbps is Fast
One bit is the smallest unit of data. One bit is a binary logic state. Only 1 or 0 can be considered a logical state. 1b can also represent a bit. One Megabit contains one thousand bits. Each Megabit is made up of one thousand pieces. This is how it works.
1000 bits equals 1 kilobit (or 1 Kbit).
1000 kilobits = 1 megabit (Mbit).
1000 megabits = 1 gigabit
1000 gigabits = 1 Terabit (Tbit).
1000 terabits = 1 petabit (Pbit)
1000 petabits equals one exabit (Ebit).
1000 exabits = 1 zettabit (Zbit)
1000 zettabits = 1 yottabit (Ybit)
The IT industry loves to save space and confuse people so they remove the “-it”, and show only Kb and Mb and Tb.
The kilobit is a thousand times larger than the megabit. This article’s title will help you understand that 1 Mbps equals 1000 kbps.
This would translate to 1000 Kbit/s if we followed the standard.
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see it written in one way. It’s the same thing.
As if that weren’t enough confusion, there are another set of common units which are very similar.
Bit and Byte
A set of eight bits is called a One Byte. It is represented with a capital A. It is often displayed in bytes. However, it also displays data transfer speeds. Because the speed numbers will show a lower number next the unit, manufacturers don’t often use them. People assume that more is always better.
In this instance, it would be a mistake to assume otherwise. Here’s why:
1 Byte = 1B = 8bits (8b).
1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes or 1 kB = 8 Kilobits (8 000 bit).
1 Megabyte (1MB), 1000 Kilobytes =8 Megabits (8 000Kbits).
1 Gigabyte = 1000 Megabytes = 8 Gigabits (8800 Mbits), etc.
If your friend is not a techie and suggests that you don’t choose the internet plan with 100 Mb/s download speeds but instead opt for the package with 250 Mb/s speed, you should stick with your choice. (100 MB/s = 100 Megabytes/second = 800 Mbps).
Kilo and Kibi
You can multiply the power of 10 with additional units.
They aren’t used widely outside of a niche within the IT industry, but some equipment and apps might display data transfer speeds or memory/kibibit.
- Is 10 Mbps sufficient for gaming?
- Is 10Mbps fast enough?
- Is 3Mbps Fast?
Contrary to metric systems, 1 Mebibit equals 1000 bits and 1 Kibibit (or a kibit) = 1024 bits. Thus, 1 Mebibit equals 1024 Kibits, and so on.
Like bits, Bytes, and bits, 1 KiBibyte equals 8 KiBits.
If you find kibibits, you can just add them up and get close to the value in Kilobits.
Answering the question in the title of the article with one sentence is the best way to answer it: One kbps is one thousandth slower than one Mbps.
Different manufacturers and internet service providers use different units to promote the speed of their products. Many people, particularly older generations, don’t know the difference in bits and bytes. They also don’t know what size is bigger- mega or kilo. They sometimes select units with a greater number in the front to trigger their psychology.
They believe that if their product transfers data at 100 000kbps rather than 100 Mb/s and 12,5 Mb/s it will be more appealing to potential buyers. These numbers all show equal performance so don’t be fooled by their marketing departments.
We hope that you are able to understand the differences among units. If you don’t understand some of the information, please return to this page and read it again.