bits per second


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bits per second

(communications, unit)
(bps, b/s) The unit in which data rate is measured.

For example, a modem's data rate is usually measured in kilobits per second. In 1996, the maximum modem speed for use on the PSTN was 33.6 kbps, rising to 56 kbps in 1997.

Note that kilo- (k), mega- (M), etc. in data rates denote powers of 1000, not 1024.
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Magellan resumed communications with Earth last week only after it had entered a second safe mode, which sent information at 40 bits per second instead of the usual 1,200.
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report theoretical calculations suggesting that a future superconducting coaxial cable made with a magnetically levitated core could transmitt data at a rate of 100 billion bits per second over a distance of 600 kilometers, or about 375 miles.