Sign up ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I connect via a cell phone. It indicates speed as 921.6 Kbps. When I download a program or other it shows a download speed of 3 - 5 Kbps while downloading. Can I increase my download speed or is it governed by the cell phone.

share|improve this question

migrated from Mar 19 '13 at 17:50

This question came from our site for Ubuntu users and developers.

It should be 3-5 KBps and not Kbps. –  green7 Mar 18 '13 at 14:05

1 Answer 1

Download speeds are mainly governed by the type of network connection you have.

However, first, you should know the difference between Kbps and KBps.

  • Kbps - stands for Kilo bits per second
  • KBps - stands for Kilo Bytes per second
1 KBps = 8 Kbps

Also, you might know that 1 MB = 1024 KB (and not 1024 Kb).

So, here you're getting a speed of 921.6 Kbps which is approximately equal to 115.2 KBps.

The download speed, however, depends on a number of factors which cannot be summarised here.

The simplest thing would be to download when no other process is using the internet.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.