What does it mean when we say it’s 1Gbps? How fast is fast? How does this affect our movie experience at home?
Well 1Gbps is 1,000Mbps, or 1000 Megabits per second, which is really really fast.
Now to be clear, that’s 1000 Megabits (Mb) not Megabytes (MB). We are usually more familiar with MB as that’s commonly used to measure file sizes.
Whether something is in “MB” or “Mb” makes a lot of difference. In other words:
8Mb is approximately 1MB.
Or 8Mbps is about 1MB/s.
Or 1,000Mbps is about 125MB/s.
So when you sign up for a plan that is advertised as 1,000Mbps, you are really buying a line that can transfer data up to about 125MB/s or has 125MB/s bandwidth.
How fast is 1000Mbps or 125MB/s is in terms of usage?
Okay an MP3 file is about 3MB, at 125MB/s, that’s less than 1 second.
For a regular TV episode which is around 350MB, that takes 3 seconds.
A 720p High Definition TV episode is about 950MB, so this takes 8 seconds to load.
A Blu-Ray Movie is a whopping 15GB, so this takes a short 2 minutes.
For the best download speed, best to connect your Gigabit ready PC directly to the Modem (Alcatel Lucent port 1) with a CAT6 cable.
In contrast, the old DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology only runs at speeds of up to 15Mbps.
While mobile download speeds typically go at the following:
3G – 3Mbps
3G HSPA+ – 6Mbps
4G LTE – 20Mbps
4G LTE Advanced – 42Mbps