Why Your Broadband Speed Isn’t as Fast as You Think

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When searching for a broadband package, one of the first things you may consider is the speed.  You may read about various options, such as 5 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 20 Mbps, or 100 Mbps.  For example, you may think, “I’ll purchase the broadband package offering 100 Mbps, so I can download up to 100 MB per second.” This is wrong.

Why? First, pay attention to broadband packages’ advertised file transfer speeds, and you’ll see they’re phrased as Mbpsnot MBps. Second, recognize that the one letter uppercase abbreviation Mb stands for megabit, and that the two letter uppercase abbreviation MB stands for megabyte.  One byte is made up of eight bits.  So when you see a broadband promotion for 100 Mbps that actually equates to 12.5 megabytes per second.

Furthermore, your broadband speed is unlikely to even go that fast because other things affect your file transfer speed, such as protocol information, etc.  Therefore, a way to roughly estimate your download rate is to divide the broadband package’s Mbps by “10”.

For example, if you purchase a broadband plan advertising a file transfer speed of 100 Mbps, you can expect to download information at around 10 megabytes per second (roughly speaking).

Check out the video below for more information about this.

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Thanks for the info.Now at least I know which Telcos Company give a good package or otherwise.

Ben Hock Seng

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope it helps.


Thanks! Great information

Ben Hock Seng

Thanks for the comment! Glad you found it useful.


Thanks! Wow…I’m surprised I’ve never heard of this before.

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