giga·​bit | \ ˈji-gə-ˌbit How to pronounce gigabit (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gigabit (audio) \

Definition of gigabit

: one billion bits

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The upgrade to version 3.1 of DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) has helped Comcast and Charter offer gigabit-speed broadband services over standard cable wires. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Cable companies can save money now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is mostly done," 14 June 2019 Sure enough, early reports from Chicago describe wildly inconsistent results, with gigabit-speed downloads at one location and a complete loss of signal a couple of blocks away. Hiawatha Bray,, "5G is coming, but there’s really no need to rush in," 17 June 2019 Capella’s satellites pull in a gigabit of data per second during each 10-minute sensing pass over the earth, so bringing it all to Earth and into AWS is a significant task. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Amazon’s most lucrative business is headed to space," 31 May 2019 Verizon showed off mobile demos of how well its 5G technology network works, with gigabit speeds at about 3,000 feet away from the originating point. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 One our favorites is Netgear's Nighthawk AC 1750 gigabit router. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's the Day to Replace That Busted Router and Upgrade Your Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 The drive features the aforementioned 4TB capacity, and a USB 3.0 connection that promises up to 5 gigabits per second transfer speeds with compatible ports on your PC. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "B&H has a 4TB external hard drive for $20 cheaper than anywhere else today," 3 Apr. 2018 Wyler dismissed reports in Russian media that setbacks with the satellites (each weighing 145 kilograms and carrying 10 gigabits per second of capacity) were the reason for the delay. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Exos flies, China sets launch record, new Falcon Heavy data," 31 Aug. 2018 Comcast's gigabit cable service is now available to nearly all of the 58 million homes and businesses in the company's US territory, Comcast announced yesterday. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast gigabit cable ($105 with 1TB data cap) now available in 39 states," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gigabit

1970, in the meaning defined above

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