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Either megabits or megabytes can be used. A byte is equal to exactly eight bits. So, the conversion between the two can be a little tricky. One megabit equals one million bits. One megabyte equals one million bytes, which is equal to eight million bits.
Also, to be technically correct, speed of data transmission must be measured in amount of data *per unit of time.* The unit of time is usually seconds. The most common unit of measure for internet speed is Mbps, which stands for megabits per second.
For example, when a 1 Mbps connection is advertised, it usually means that the maximum achievable download bandwidth is 1 megabit/s (million bits per second), which is actually 0.125 MB/s (megabyte per second).
Internet speed can be measured in both megabytes or megabits. Internet networks are however mostly measure in megabits because the number is more accurate and accuracy is important when you are measuring speed in internet.