BLOG: The fuzzy story of bandwidth; Megabits versus Megabytes

When we talk about bandwidth with our customers we experience a lot of confusement because it deals with technical jargon. The most common mistake people make is the difference between megabits (Mbps) and megabytes (MBps). Where the “b” refers to bit and the capital “B” refers to byte.

To start at the beginning; Bandwidth is measured as the amount of data that can be transferred from one point to another within a network in a specific amount of time and is measured in bits per second (bps). Thus, bandwidth is the maximum rate of data transfer across a given path.

Bandwidth can be compared to the amount of water that flows through a water pipe. The bigger the pipe, the more water can flows through. Bandwidth functions similarly: the higher the capacity of the communication link (the pipe) the more data can flow through it per second. The more bandwidth a data connection has, the more data can be send and received.

Latency can downgrade a network’s throughput and negatively effects the link’s high-capacity performance. That is why M2MBlue depends solely on the bonding technique. In essence, bonding means real aggregation of bandwidth of all WAN media to be bonded. Our bonding routers enable you to bond different networking media, such as DSL or 4G/LTE , from multiple providers. A single virtual broadband line is created based on the combined broadband bandwidths, providing you with more bandwidth for your applications.

A further advantage of bonding is the fact that an interruption of a bonded line will not affect the applications using the bonded link. If one link fails, others remain to ensure your Internet access.

End users pay for the capacity of their network connections, so the greater the capacity of the link, the more expensive it is. Which is also true for Bondix, the total managed bonded solution of M2MBlue.

To conclude, in our story megabits per second (Mbps) are generally used to describe the speed of an Internet connection, whereas megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB) refer to the size of the data bundle.