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Mbps Definition (speed)

Intermediate – Web/Development

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Mbps stands for megabits per second. Mbps is the unit of measurement that is used to measure the speed of digital data transfer. Mbps is the number of megabits of data traveled through a network during one second. Megabits consist of bits which are small units of data. 1 megabit is equal to 1000 kilobits.

Mbps is also used to measure the bandwidth and throughput of a network connection. The network bandwidth is the maximum rate of data that can be transferred through a network. The network throughput is the rate at which the data is transferred through the network.

Mbps is most commonly used to specify the Internet connection speed. Higher Mbps means faster Internet connection speed. You only need a minimum speed of 1 to 5 Mbps for activities such as surfing the web, sending emails, and using social media.

However, if you often perform online tasks such as downloading music and high-resolution images, playing online games, and streaming high definition (HD) videos you need a lot of Mbps. In other words, a faster Internet connection speed to handle all of these activities without any delay. 25 Mbps or above is considered a good Internet connection speed that can handle most online activities including what is mentioned above.

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