ki·​lo·​bit | \ ˈkē-lə-ˌbit How to pronounce kilobit (audio) , ˈki-lə-\

Definition of kilobit

1 : 1000 bits
2 : 1024 bits

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In July last year, Alberto Boaron of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues reported distributing secret keys using QKD over a record distance of more than 400 kilometers of optical fiber, at 6.5 kilobits per second. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 What Young and his team have built in to share with archive visitors is the streaming rate at which songs are played back, numbers that are markedly higher than the standard streaming speed of 320 kilobits per second. Randy Lewis,, "Neil Young fights for quality streaming with career-spanning online archive," 14 Feb. 2018 As Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience reports, after snapping an image and storing it on its hard drive, New Horizons sends its data back on an antenna that transmits at only 12 watts, moving data at a snail’s pace—only two kilobits per second. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Horizons Snaps Farthest Image Ever Taken From Earth," 12 Feb. 2018 Many customers stuck with much slower speeds Even 10Mbps download speeds would be welcome to customers in AT&T territory who get DSL service measured in the kilobits or none at all. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states," 28 Sep. 2017 Unfortunately, many people in AT&T's traditional territory are still stuck with DSL Internet measured in the kilobits per second or no Internet at all. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T brings 500Mbps home Internet to cities outside its territory," 23 Aug. 2017 LTE-M only allows for a trickle of data — about 386 kilobits a second, compared to 100 megabits a second or more for the latest versions of LTE. Troy Wolverton, The Mercury News, "AT&T to launch network for Internet of Things," 14 Feb. 2017 On the broadband network, the oversubscription means that one megabit-per-second connection to the internet is enough to serve 40 DSL accounts, each at a maximum speed of 768 kilobits per second, typical for low-end DSL. Associated Press, WIRED, "Could High-Def Choke Internet?," 14 May 2006

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1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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