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 town plans to charge $79 a month for standalone Internet service with gigabit download and upload speeds and no data caps, though the price could rise to $99 a month if fewer than 40 percent of households buy the service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead," 11 Dec. 2018 Final technical standards for the most robust levels of 5G that could offer download speeds of 20 gigabits per second aren’t even expected to be completed until next year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Dial Down the 5G Hype," 2 Jan. 2019 Small and medium-sized businesses can now purchase Spectrum Business Internet Gig in any market where the gigabit offering is available to home customers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter’s gigabit cable with no data caps is ready for 27 million homes," 26 June 2018 Other specs and features include a 4,000mAh battery, IP67 water resistance, gigabit LTE, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The new Razer Phone 2 tries again to make the 120Hz gamer phone a thing," 11 Oct. 2018 In this case, the motherboard, the gigabit LTE and its antenna, and the materials all represented unique challenges. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard," 1 Oct. 2018 Fios came rolling through my neighborhood with gigabit internet. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The services we canceled this year, from MoviePass to Netflix," 22 Aug. 2018 Already known for its high-speed service, one of country's largest broadband providers has just announced speeds of 2.5 gigabits per second. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "South Korea's Already Great Internet Gets Even Greater," 10 May 2018 San Diego County’s cable providers have recently boosted Internet speeds across their networks to a gigabit per second to handle the growing demands of streaming video. Mike Freeman,, "Cox, Spectrum upgrade networks to bring gigabit Internet speeds to San Diego," 11 July 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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