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What Is Kbps?

Kbps is a measurement of the speed at which information is transferred or processed and stands for kilobits per second.

The binary system is a crucial element in computerdata architecture. This system, which employs ones and zeros, are strung together into srings that comprise of eight bits that form different characters. The term used for a string that comprise eight bits is a byte. To put it simply, eight bits is equivalent to 1 byte, which is equivalent to 1 character. Additionally, one thousand (or more accurately, 1024) bits of data is equivalent to a kilobit. On the other hand, 1024 bytes is the equivalent of a kilobyte. In the term kbps, kilobits is what is referred to. On the other hand, KB/sec refers to kilobytes. To further illustrate:

1024 bits = 1 kilobit
1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte = 8 kilobits
1024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte = 8,192 kilobits
Kbps is actually quite familiar to many people, especially to those who have dial up modems before. The reason for this is that kbps is the “unit of measure” used for the device as evidenced by the popular 56 kbps speed of dial up modems before.

Even today, there are many internet service providers that still use kilobits when offering their services to their clients. They use this over kilobytes or megabits. The reason for this is that it makes it easier for clients to compare speeds with dial up connections. Using other units aside from kbps usually confuses clients especially those who are not tech savvy. So even when ISPs offer high speed internet access in the form of DSL, cable or Satellite, kbps is still used.

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