Jun 15, 2023 | posted by Conner Williams

File download times vary by internet speed

Did you know that your internet speed impacts how long it will take to download files? Let’s take a look at a video game that is 50 Gigabytes (GB) in size as an example. 

So, 50 GB equals 50,000 Megabytes (MB), and 50,000 MB equals 400,000 Megabits. To figure out how long it will take to download a file on a given internet speed, we need to take the total file size in Megabits and divide it by the internet speed, measured in Megabits per second.

On a 50 Megabits per second (Mbps) internet speed, that would look like: 400,000 / 50 = 8,000 seconds. That means that a 50 GB file will take about 8,000 seconds to download on an internet speed of 50 Mbps. That’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Next, let’s take a look at the math for an internet speed of 1,000 Mbps, also known as 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). 400,000 Megabits / 1,000 Megabits per second = 400 seconds. That means that the same 50 GB file will take about 400 seconds to download on a 1,000 Mbps internet speed, or just over 5 minutes.

That’s the power of high-speed internet!

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