Starlink satellite internet service made headlines for its fast speed. Some of its fastest speeds tested fell as more customers utilize Starlink satellite capacity, but those speeds are still extremely fast. In addition to download and upload speeds, one feature of Starlink speed is “low latency,” appealing to customers like those who play online video games.
What potential customers may find slow is getting access to Starlink high-speed satellite internet coverage. Ongoing expansion has increased coverage, but supply chain and delivery disruption slowed down the roll-out.
Internet speed is affected by many factors. Download speeds vary whether you have DSL, cable, fiber, or satellite. Speed varies greatly in the U.S., with rural and remote regions particularly affected.
Many speed test websites aren’t configured to assess satellite internet speed accurately; speedtest.net is recommended for measuring satellite internet speed.
Compared to rural cable internet or satellite internet speeds, Starlink offers extremely fast internet speeds to remote and underserved areas. Even with more satellite capacity being used as coverage to customers expands, Starlink estimates that customers should reasonably expect 100 to 200 Mbps download speeds.
Those speeds are conservative estimates while coverage is scaled up and wait-list customers are brought into active internet service. Independent beta users have reported Starlink download speeds ranging from 300 to over 600 Mbps at times.
Starlink’s mass-produced satellites have undergone an update. New satellites launched feature inter-satellite laser link communication capability, making information transfer possible between satellites in the Starlink constellation. This will reduce latency further by reducing reliance on ground stations.
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