# What is Mbps (megabits per second)?

**The data transfer rate (DTR)** refers to the amount of digital data that is transferred from one place to another at a certain time. In digital telecommunication, data transfer is commonly measured in bits per second. Today we mostly use megabits per second (abbreviated as Mbps) and megabytes per second (abbreviated as MB/s) as units of data transfer.

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**What is Mbps (megabits per second)?**

Mbps (short for Megabits per second) is a unit of data transfer rate. And it is equivalent to one million bits per second or 1,000 kilobits per second. It is also equal to 125,000 bytes per second or 125 kilobytes per second.

Kilobits per second (abbreviated as Kbps) are smaller than Megabits per second (Mbps). And also Gbps (short for Gigabits per second) are bigger than Megabits per second (Mbps). Gbps is another unit of data transfer rate equivalent to 1,000,000,000 bits per second or 1,000,000 kilobits per second. It is also equal to 1,000 megabits per second or 125,000,000 bytes per second.

A Megabyte per second (MB/s) means 8 megabits per second. For example, if you have an 8 Mbps internet speed, then you will have 1 Megabyte per second download rate. If your internet speed is 12.0 Mbps, then you will have 1.5 Megabytes per second download rate. When your bandwidth is 24.0 Mbps, your download speed will be 3 Megabytes per second (MB/s).