Updated: 02/07/2022 by Computer Hope

Bps may refer to any of the following:

1. Short for bits per second, bps is a measurement of the data transmission speed indicating of how many bits pass a certain point in one second. The higher the bps rate, the faster the download or upload time will be. For example, a Modem that is rated at 28.8 bps can transmit a maximum of 28.8 bits every second.


When dealing with bits, a lowercase "b" is used. An uppercase "B" is used for bytes and explained below.

2. Short for bytes per second and also sometimes abbreviated as B/s, Bps is a speed that is measured in bytes transmitted each second. The difference between the two abbreviations is the uppercase and lowercase "b."

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