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Multiples of bits
SI prefixes Binary prefixes
Name Symbol Multiple Name Symbol Multiple
kilobit kbit 103 (or 210) kibibit Kibit 210
megabit Mbit 106 (or 220) mebibit Mibit 220
gigabit Gbit 109 (or 230) gibibit Gibit 230
terabit Tbit 1012 (or 240) tebibit Tibit 240
petabit Pbit 1015 (or 250) pebibit Pibit 250
exabit Ebit 1018 (or 260) exbibit Eibit 260
zettabit Zbit 1021 (or 270)
yottabit Ybit 1024 (or 280)

A decimal kilobit is equal to 125 bytes, while a binary kilobit is equal to 128 bytes. This article refers to the unit of binary information. ... This article refers to the unit of binary information. ...

It is used most commonly to express internet connection speeds, e.g. a 56 kilobit/s PSTN or 512 kilobit/s broadband connection. Telecommunications engineers use the 1,000 bit definition uniformly. The public switched telephone network (PSTN) is the concatenation of the worlds public circuit-switched telephone networks, in much the same way that the Internet is the concatenation of the worlds public IP-based packet-switched networks. ... Broadband in general refers to data transmission where multiple pieces of data are sent simultaneously to increase the effective rate of transmission. ... Telecommunication is the extension of communication over a distance. ...

The kilobit is closely related to the kibibit, which is unambiguously equal to 210 = 1,024 bits. A kibibit is a unit of information or computer storage, abbreviated Kibit, or sometimes Kib. ...

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 What is kilobit? - a definition from Whatis.com (261 words) It's commonly used for measuring the amount of data that is transferred in a second between two telecommunication points. Kilobits per second is usually shortened to Kbps.* For example, 28.8 kilobits per second (Kbps) is 28,800 bits per second.
 Encyclopedia: Kilobit (734 words) a 56 kilobit/s PSTN or 512 kilobit/s broadband connection. A kilobyte (derived from the SI prefix kilo-) is a unit of information or computer storage equal to either 1024 or 1000 bytes. A kilobit per second (kbps or kbit/s) is a unit of data transmission equal to 1,000 bits per second.
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