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Kbps (Kilobits Per Second) - Definition

Kbps is an abbreviation for Kilobits Per Second. It is used as a measure and rating of relatively slow data transmission speeds such as Modems. Note that one Kbps is 1,000 bits per second, whereas a KB (kilobyte) is 1,024 bytes. Data transfer rates are measured using the decimal meaning of K whereas data storage is measured using the powers-of-2 meaning of K. Technically, kbps should be spelled with a lowercase k to indicate that it is decimal but almost everyone spells it with a capital K.

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