Elon Musk and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) have set the bar high for any activity they do. This also applies to the satellite Internet service, ie Starlink. Today, we learned that the latter has yet to achieve excellent download speeds in the United States.
Further reading: SpaceX Starlink lets users download a movie in less than 1 minute
As you know, Starlink is a small, low-orbit satellite internet constellation. It aims to provide Internet access to everyone, regardless of where they live. Prior to that, various speed test results showed that Starlink exceeded the speeds of broadband reception in most countries. For the latest test results, it achieved 301 Mbps download. So, we’re talking about one of the fastest Internet services in the world. However, there is still room for improvement and it basically refers to the latency. Also, the download speed needs further improvements.
Earlier today, a Reddit user shared the result of an Internet speed test. Screenshot posted by DullKn1fe shows that Starlink can reach amazing download speeds of 301 Mbps. From the reviews, we can learn that the user lives in a rural area of Wisconsin, located in the northeastern part of the continental United States.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, download speeds and latency are not impressive. For example, the user could have a download speed of 20.5 Mbps and a delay of 78 milliseconds (ms).
Is this Starlink download speed high?
Most importantly this is not a constant network speed. That is, in March we learned that Starlink internet speed is fluctuating. For example, in the reported month, the highest download speed was 299 Mbps (Grass Valley California). While, there were some disappointing results, 1.23 Mbps.
A survey conducted by Ookla for the fourth quarter of last year showed that Starlink has an average download speed of 105 Mbps in the US. At the same time, Ookla stressed that the fastest average download speed was found in Miami Date County, Florida. The average internet download speed is 191 Mbps in this area. The slowest was in Columbia, Oregon, reaching 64.95 Mbps.
However, a quarter-on-quarter comparison shows that the bandwidth between the highest and lowest download speeds increased by 30 Mbps or 30% over the 100 Mbps of the third quarter. But the average download speed improved by only 10%.
PS, a German Starlink user said it could reach 250 Mbps download speed. At the same time, the download speed was 30 Mbps. This may sound interesting, but in Mayanother German user said it could reach a staggering download speed of 560 Mbps.