A recent report from the well-known testing website, Speedtest, SpaceX’s internet speed is on a new level. SpaceX is a space exploration technology company owned by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. According to Speedtest, SpaceX’s “Starlink” satellite internet service speed is at the level of fixed broadband. The report shows that it is even faster than fixed broadband in some countries.
“Starlink” is a satellite internet project of SpaceX. From 2019 to 2024, SpaceX plans to use five years to send thousands of satellites needed for networking into low-Earth orbit to form a “Starlink” network to provide internet services. Currently, there are 1,650 satellites on the “Starlink” network.
The Speedtest report shows that in the second quarter of this year, the average download speed of Starlink satellite internet services in the US market was 97.23 Mbps. This is not far from the average download speed of fixed broadband in the US, which is 115.22 Mbps.
Generally, with a download speed of 100 Mbps, a user can download a movie in one minute. In addition, the upload speed of the “Starlink” network in the United States is 13.89 Mbps, slightly lower than the 17.18 Mbps of fixed broadband.
In terms of download speed and upload speed, the SpaceX Starlink network is far ahead of the competition. Other satellite broadband services in the US market, such as HughesNet and Viasat are way behind. Taking HughesNet as an example, its download speed is only 19.73 Mbps, and its upload speed is only 2.43 Mbps.
Starlink internet is faster than fixed broadband in many markets
In markets such as Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the speed of “Starlink” Internet services is much higher than that of fixed broadband. In Canada, the average download speed of the “Starlink” network in the second quarter of this year was 86.92 Mbps, while the fixed broadband was 84.24 Mbps.
For New Zealand, the average download speed of Starlink is 127.02 Mbps, while the fixed broadband is 78.85 Mbps. The upload speed is almost the same, both are about 23Mbps. In the UK, the average download speed of Starlink is 108.30 Mbps, while the fixed broadband is 50.14 Mbps.
At the end of October last year, SpaceX took the lead in launching the “Starlink” test service in the United States. The service price is $99 per month, and users need to pay $499 to purchase other accompanying devices. This includes terminal receiving equipment, tripods, and Wifi routers.
SpaceX revealed at the end of last month that the number of users of its “Starlink” satellite Internet service has reached nearly 100,000. In addition, “Starlink” has more than 500,000 orders/deposits worldwide.