What Is A Mbit? GB? Internet Service Terms Explained

If your eyes glaze over when a techie starts talking about megabits, gigabyte caps and upload speeds you’re not alone. Internet terms can be very confusing and it’s important to know what each of these terms mean.


Speed_Limit_65mbit_signMegabit/Kilobit  - When you hear the term Megabit (Mb), one million bits, or Kilobit (Kb), one thousand bits, it is most likely in reference to speed of the connection. The speed of most internet connections is listed in Mbps (megabits per second) and the higher the Mbps the better.



capacityGigabyte / Megabyte – The term Gigabyte (GB), one billion bytes, or Megabyte (MB) one million bytes, usually refers to the maximum amount of data you’re allowed to transfer before being charged more or having your browsing speed reduced. Streaming movies or downloading large files can quickly use up a data cap.



internet-pingPing Time / Latency – The latency or ping time measures, in milliseconds, the time it takes a single bit of information to get to a location on the internet and back to you. The time this takes is very important for playing online multiplayer games and online chat and phone applications. The lower the ping times the better.



upload-downloadUpload / Download – Upload is the information sent from your computer or device out to the Internet. Download is the information sent from the internet to your computer or device. Many internet services have different upload and download speeds because most home and small business users download significantly more then upload.


So how does Amplex Compare? I’ll use my personal internet connection which is on the Home Xtreme service for this example.

  • Megabits: 9 Mbps – very fast with burst speed up to 15 Mbps.
  • Gigabyte Limit: None – very good since I watch online TV episodes.
  • Ping Time: 23 ms – very low which lets me play online FPS games.
  • Upload/Download: 9 Mbps / 1 Mbps – very fast downloads and I can send e-mails and upload pictures quickly.