What is a good Mbps?

The speed of your internet connection is measured in Mbps (megabits per second). 1,000 Mbps is equal to one Gbps or Gigabit per second. The faster transmission of packets from web to your computer or your smartphone, are the bigger Mbps. In order to have a good Mbps, choose Internet Service Provider (ISP) that gives you faster internet package and is totally depends on what you want to do with the internet. The capacity or your bandwidth of your internet connection is mainly affected by your network demand and the infrastructure quality of the ISP. The bandwidth that you use is usually shared by all the devices in your home or business and it reduces as you add more devices.

Generations of Internet: 1G to 5G

Ever questioned what the letter ‘G’ stands for in 3G, 4G or 5G? Well, it stands for ‘Generation’ of wireless technology. Technology, in this context, has been fast growing; one every decade roughly, taking the total number to 4 (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G). 5G is on the way soon and is expected to be launched in 2020. Most of us have witnessed the change; from the time when mobile phones were heavy and brick like structures to the current smart phones. Besides the structure, look and feel of the wireless device, much more has evolved. We are referring to the advancement of technology which brought with itself bigger facilities and better internet speed.

How Internet Speed is Calculated?

To determines how fast your internet connection can download data per second, you must convert the speed Mb/s (Megabits per second) or Kb/s (Kilobits per second) into Megabytes (MB). Let’s say your internet connection speed is 5Mb/s (Megabits per second). This means you can download at 625 Kilobytes per second (KB/s), or 0.625 Megabytes per second (MB/s). Remember, 8 bits equal 1 byte, so to work it out you need to divide it by 8. So our equation is: 5 Megabits per second / 8 = 0.625 Megabytes per second. So to download a 10 Megabyte (MB) file on a 5Mb/s connection, it will take you 16 seconds to download. (10 Megabytes / 0.625 Megabytes per second = 16 seconds to download the file). All you need to remember is this simple formula: • File Size In Megabytes / (Download Speed In Megabits / 8) = Time In Seconds • A 15 Megabyte file, downloading at 10 Megabits per second: 15 / (10/8) = 12 seconds

What is the internet?

It has revolutionised our lives with its technical capabilities, but how did the internet originate and how did it manage to spread across the world and reach more than a billion users? The internet is a global network of computers that works much like the postal system, only at sub-second speeds. Just as the postal service enables people to send one another envelopes containing messages, the internet enables computers to send one another small packets of digital data. For that to work, they use a common ’language’ called TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). If you are on the net, you have an IP address.