What's the difference between Megabits and Gigabytes? SkyBest is here to answer all your internet questions

Megabits vs. Gigabits

How are broadband speeds measured?

Internet speeds are measured in bits per second (bps). One Kilobit travels at a speed of one thousand bits per second, one Megabit travels at a speed of one million bits per second, and one Gigabit travels at a speed of one billion bits per second.

What does Mbps mean?

Mbps stands for Megabit per second

What does G mean?

G stand for Gigabit (Gig) per second,

What's the difference between Megabits and Gigabits?

Both of these are units of measurement for digital information. One Megabit (1Mbps) travels at a speed of 1 million bits per second, and one Gig travels at a speed of 1 billion bits per second (1G). This means that one Giga is one thousand times faster than a Megabit.

How many Megabits in one Gig?

There are 1,000 Megabits in a Gig. The average internet speed is about 45 Mbps, meaning that one Gig is over 20 times faster than that!

What speed can I get with fiber?

Today’s fiber internet service can easily reach up to one Gig.

What Internet speed do I need?

Internet speed calulator
 

What internet speed do I need? SkyBest has a variety of packages to give you everything you need.
5 Mbps download / 5 Mbps upload
Best for:

  • Checking Email
  • Basic surfing
  • Scrolling social media

45 Mbps download / 45 Mbps upload
Best for:

  • Sharing photos
  • Downloading music
  • Online courses

100 Mbps download / 100 Mbps upload
Best for:

  • Streaming
  • Faster upload of photos and videos
  • Connected home gym equipment

500 Mbps download / 500 Mbps upload
Best for: 

  • Live gaming
  • Video conferencing
  • HD & 4K video streaming

1 Gig download / 1 Gig upload
Best for:

  • Everything above + broadband beyond belief

What is the difference between upload speed & download speed?

Download speed is the rate at which you can receive information, and upload speed is the rate at which you can upload information. For more in-depth information on this topic, check out our blog posts here or here.

What's a good internet speed? What's a good download speed? What's a good upload speed?

The FCC states that a good internet speed for two devices is 12Mbps, and 25Mbps for four devices. It is best to get the download speed that best matches your needs as an Internet user. Check out the chart above, or click this link, to help you decide what that would be. A good upload speed is one that matches your download speed. Most companies offer a high download speed, but a much lower upload speed. SkyLine/SkyBest is proud to offer symmetrical speeds for all of our internet plans. 

 

What's the difference between Dial-Up and Fiber?

Dial-up internet service can only reach a speed of about 56 Kbps, whereas Fiber offers speeds up to one Gig.

SkyBest is proud to offer Fiber internet at a variety of speeds to give you exactly what you need. Check out our internet packages, or give your internet a speed test. (Click here on how to perform the most accurate test.) If you have any questions about your internet or are interested in upgrading, you can check out our website at skybest.com or give us a call at 1-800-759-2226.