<communications> The difference between the highest and lowest frequencies of a transmission channel (the width of its allocated band of frequencies).

The term is often used erroneously to mean data rate or capacity - the amount of data that is, or can be, sent through a given communications circuit per second.

[How is data capacity related to bandwidth?]

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<technology> The information carrying capacity of a communication channel. Most commonly used to describe the throughput of electronic data on a network.

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The range of frequency or wavelengths over which a device is intended to operate.

(05 Mar 2000)

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