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How Fast is a Gigabit Connection?

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Last updated by Isabel M

Internet connection speeds are measured in bits per second. To make sure they're not confused with bytes (which we use to talk about our mobile data rates), we always use the following abbreviations in our help articles:

  • kilobit = Kbps
  • megabit = Mbps
  • gigabit = Gbps

As for speed:

  • 1024 Kbps = 1 Mbps
  • 1024 Mpbs = 1 Gbps

Ting fiber Internet runs on a 1 gigabit (1 Gbps) connection and is about 20 times faster than the fastest cable Internet connections.

This table will show you, at a glance, how different Internet connection types stack up.

Download and upload speeds by connection type

 

Dial Up

DSL

Cable

Fiber

Download

56 Kbps

1-15 Mbps

1-50 Mbps

1 Gbps

Upload

56 Kbps

500 Kbps - 1 Mbps

1-5 Mbps

1 Gbps


For a more detailed comparison of different Internet connection types and their speeds, click here.

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