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 The new service could end up being 100 times faster than its predecessor, with data speeds reaching 10 gigabits per second. Ian King And Scott Moritz | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why 5G Mobile Is Arriving With a Subplot of Espionage," 28 Oct. 2019 Hovering 1 million miles from Earth, Webb will beam down 458 gigabits of data a day for up to 10 years, potentially revealing the deepest mysteries of the universe's origins. Wired, "NASA's Biggest Telescope Ever Prepares for a 2021 Launch," 22 Oct. 2019 Eastern Oregon Telecom has been trying to bring gigabit fiber to more remote parts of Oregon, Franell says. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Ripping Huawei out of US networks could be a nightmare for rural providers," 5 June 2019 The standard Ookla Speedtest app showed a download speed of 1.3 gigabits per second. Hiawatha Bray,, "These Providence 5G cellphone speeds are almost hot to handle," 14 Aug. 2019 Amazon's application didn't specify prices or exact speeds in megabits or gigabits per second. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Amazon plans nationwide broadband—with both home and mobile service," 8 July 2019 Unlike traditional satellite broadband, SpaceX's low-Earth orbit satellites would be able to provide latency as low as 25ms and gigabit speeds. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX says it will deploy satellite broadband across US faster than expected," 12 Sep. 2019 Using high-band spectrum, the transmitters covered only 11.6 percent of the United States population at a speed of 100 megabits per second and only 3.9 percent at 1 gigabit per second. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "What Trump’s Huawei Reversal Means for the Future of 5G," 1 July 2019 Connexion's website is advertising only two residential Internet packages, the $59.95 gigabit plan and a 10Gbps plan for $299.95 a month. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband offers 1Gbps for $60 a month," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gigabit

1970, in the meaning defined above

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