Data Rate Units

Data Rate Units

In telecommunications, bit rate or data transfer rate is the average number of bits, characters, or blocks per unit time passing between equipment in a data transmission system. This is typically measured in multiples of the unit bit per second or byte per second. Various other units may also be used to measure the data rate.

Bit rates
Decimal prefixes (SI)
Name Symbol Multiple
kilobit per second kbit/s 103
megabit per second Mbit/s 106
gigabit per second Gbit/s 109
terabit per second Tbit/s 1012
Binary prefixes (IEC 60027-2)
kibibit per second Kibit/s 210
mebibit per second Mibit/s 220
gibibit per second Gibit/s 230
tebibit per second Tibit/s 240

Read more about Data Rate Units:  Standards For Prefixes and Suffixes, Decimal Multiples of Bits, Binary Multiples of Bits, Decimal Multiples of Bytes, Conversion Formula, Examples of Bit Rates

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