All satellite internet services require signals to travel through earth’s atmosphere. Satellites are launched into space and are used to reflect internet signals from users back down to ground stations. The weather between the user and the satellite, or between the satellite and the ground station, always has the possibility of affecting the signal.
But how much? The amount that a signal is affected by weather is strongly affected by the frequency of the signal being used. In this case, Starlink has chosen three frequency types that are all largely affected by moisture. These are Ku, Ka, and V bands.
However, Elon Musk and his engineers at Starlink are well aware of this issue and undoubtedly have not ignored the problem. Starlink is run by SpaceX, which has proved itself to be a highly innovative company that is up to the task of dealing with a few clouds. While some effect from cloud cover and other weather-related problems is inevitable, chances are they already have some tricks in place to minimize the interference.
And that’s what a lot of users are reporting. Reports from users are showing that many Starlink customers are getting download speeds of over 100 Mbps on cloudy, rainy, and stormy days. These may be the exception, but the reports bode well for a company known for finding problems and tackling them head on.
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