** Megabyte vs Megabit
**

Megabit and Megabyte are two units used to measure the amount of information in computer systems and network systems.

**Megabit**

Bit is the basic measure of the information used in the computing and telecommunication technology. It is an abbreviation for the **B**inary Dig**it**. A bit can assume only two values; i.e **1** and **0**. Megabit is a multiple of the basic unit, bit.

Mega is the prefix for the multiple of million (x10^{6}) within the international system of units. Therefore, megabit is equal to million of bits. Megabit is denoted using the symbols * Mbit* or

*.*

**Mb***1 Megabit (Mb) = 1000000 bits = 10 ^{6} bits = 1000 kilobits (kb)*

Megabits are often used in the units measuring the data transfer rates of the computer networks. 100 Mbps means, 100 mega bits per second.

**Megabyte**

Byte, used in computing and telecom technology, is the collection of 8 bits. Therefore, each byte contains 8 bits within.

As indicated earlier, Mega refers to a multiple of million and, therefore, Megabyte means a million of bytes. Since each byte has 8 bits inside. It is equivalent to 8 million bits or 8 Megabits. The symbols ** MB** and

*are used to denote the Megabyte*

**MByte***1 Megabyte (MB) = 1000000 Bytes = 10 ^{6} Bytes = 8 Megabits = 8× 10^{6} bits*

**What is the difference between Megabyte and Megabit?**

• 1 Megabyte is 8 Megabits.

• 1 Megabit is 1/8 of Megabyte or 125 kilobytes.

• Megabyte uses * MB* as the symbol, where B is in upper case; Megabit uses

**as the symbol where b is in the lower case.**

*Mb*• The base units are bits and Bytes, and Mega is only a prefix used to denote the multiple of million by the International Standard Institution.

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