Kbps (kilobits per second) definition

Note: In international English outside the U.S., the equivalent usage is "kbps" or "kbits s-1."

In the U.S., Kbps stands for kilobits per second (thousands of bits per second) and is a measure of bandwidth (the amount of data that can flow in a given time) on a data transmission medium. Higher bandwidths are more conveniently expressed in megabits per second (Mbps, or millions of bits per second) and in gigabits per second (Gbps, or billions of bits per second).

This was first published in August 2006

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