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

Definition of gigabit

: one billion bits

Examples of gigabit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pai's auction rules also shut SpaceX and other satellite operators out of applying for funding in the gigabit tier. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims," 10 June 2020 Wi-Fi 5 had a theoretical top speed of 3.5 gigabits per second, but real world speeds are always slower depending on the environment. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "What is Wi-Fi 6?," 23 Apr. 2020 The service starts at $50 a month for more than 100 channels and can also be paired with 1 gigabit speed Internet service in AT&T’s 21-state wired region for a total of $80 per month. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Every company is a fintech company in some way," 2 Mar. 2020 The first Aurora satellite was scheduled to launch late this year with 10 gigabits of broadband capacity. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska satellite broadband project scuttled by coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 But outdoors in Boston and Providence, download speeds were several times faster, with average speeds of over 600 megabits and reaching as high as 1.4 gigabits. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "5G is supposed to be the future. But here’s what it’s like today," 24 Jan. 2020 This one has a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port, a 1Gbps WAN/LAN port, and a three-port gigabit LAN switch onboard. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind," 10 Jan. 2020 Currently, Alaska has about 2.5 gigabits per second of satellite bandwidth across multiple broadband providers, according to Pacific Dataport. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska satellite broadband project scuttled by coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 As oil and natural gas operations become more digitized and automated, 5G cell phone networks promise to move 1 gigabit of data per second, allowing users to send larger and more complex data such as video in the blink of an eye. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Houston company partners with Nokia to bring 5G service to oil patch," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gigabit

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Gigabit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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