Definition of megabit
: one million bits
Recent Examples of megabit from the Web
The Federal Communications Commission defines high-speed internet, or broadband, as an online connection capable of handling at least 25 megabits per second of download data.
The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration tested a two-way communication system between Earth and the moon using a pulsed laser beam, establishing a data download rate of 622 megabits per second, Sager said.
The earliest designs were for a speed of 12 megabits a second (1.5 MB/s); Apple wanted 50.
Only 55 percent of rural residents have access to downloads faster than 25 megabits per second, compared to 94 percent in urban areas, according to a 2016 Federal Communications Commission report.
A 2013 laser communication demonstration from LADEE, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, beamed a high-definition video down to Earth at 622 megabits per second with a half-watt laser.
But the upload speed will be 35 megabits per second because of the architecture of the cable network.
For now, speeds usually top out at around 500 megabits per second.
Broadband is considered fast internet (a minimum download speed of 25 megabits per second, according to the FCC) and can support email, web surfing, video streaming and graphics on more than one device at a time.
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Definition of megabit for English Language Learners
computers : one million bits
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