Expected Download times for different Internet Speeds.

By PJ de Wet

Bytes vs Bits and the Speed of your connection.

Computers uses binary to communicate. 1’s and 0’s is used to send information. One of these numbers is called a bit. 8 of these bits are called 1 byte.
1000 bytes = 1Kilobyte (KB)
1000 KB = 1 Megabyte (MB)
Your Internet connection speed is expressed in Megabits per second - Mb/s (small “b”)
So, to download a 10 Megabyte (MB) file on a 10Mb/s connection, it will take you 8 seconds to download. (10 Megabytes / 1.25 Megabytes per second = 8 seconds to download the file).

To download a 1GB file in a perfect environment you can expect the following results:
10Mb/s – 14min
30Mb/s – 4:46min
50Mb/s – 2:51min
100Mb/s – 1:25min
200Mb/s – 0:42min

Note: download speeds can be affected by how many devices are sharing the connection and also by the destination of where the files are hosted.

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