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What does download speed mean?

This relates to your ability to receive information from the Internet. The higher your download speed, the more information you can receive per second. This means webpages load faster, music and movies can be accessed quickly and viewing content on applications like iPlayer are smoother and without the stuttering and pausing you might currently experience.  Broadband speed is measured in Megabits per second, commonly written as Meg or Mb (as in 24Meg, or 24 Mb) but should more accurately be written as Mbps. Make sure you don't get confused between Megabits and Megabytes (which tends to be written as MB, or GB when referring to Gigabytes). In summary, there are eight bits in one byte, so, if your download speed is 8Mbps, then that's actually shifting 1 Megabyte per second (1MB). It's an important distinction, because file sizes (such as songs, pictures and movie clips) are described in Megabytes.

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