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What's the difference between bits and bytes specific to telephony?

What's the difference between bits and bytes? More specifically, in cellular telephony, what are common examples of equipment with speed or capacity defined in bytes, and equipment with speed or capacity defined in bits?

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Basically, a bit is a singular unit of encoded digital information, whereas a byte consists of eight bits. Most terms, regardless of whether you're referring to cellular, wired or Wi-Fi gear, are measured in bps (bits per second), Kbps (kilobits per second), Mbps (megabits per second) or Gbps (billions of bits per second). A note is usually in the specs of gear as to whether that gear supports jumbo frame. If this is the case, it will be with the notation "maximum packet size" 9,216 bytes and will also state that jumbo frame is supported.

For more information: Check out this tip on the use of jumbo frames.

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This was first published in June 2013

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