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In data communications, a kilobit is a thousand bits (1,000) bits. It's commonly used for measuring the amount of data that is transferred in a second between two points. Kilobits per second is usually shortened to Kbps (or kbps). For example, 1500kbps is 1,500,000 bits per second.

1 bit (b) (0 or 1) = one binary digit
1 kilobit ( kb) = 1,000 bits
1 Megabit (Mb) = 1,000,000 bits
1 Gigabit (Gb) = 1,000,000,000 bits

To find your theoretical download speed for your line, divide your advertised speed by 8: 1500kbps / 8 = 187.5 KB/s

Or by 10 to include overhead: 1500kbps / 10 = 150 KB/s

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last modified: 2007-02-27 10:03:56