SpaceX starlink allows users to download a movie in less than 1 minute


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.

SpaceX starlink

“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.

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5 Comments

  1. mcd786
    August 7, 2021

    only as fast as the weakest link…your end device and other things-HYPE lol

  2. Michael Qualls
    August 8, 2021

    I get 5mbps /500kbps dsl in Montana as our only option from the local phone company. Nobody understands that there are still parts of the US left behind in technology's advance.

  3. Lou Casanova
    August 8, 2021

    I was staying at a B&B in Cody Wyoming. Great experience with Internet.

  4. b. c.
    August 10, 2021

    There are no land/installed options here where I am in the US. The Verizon cell tower is 13 miles away, that's what I use, as do most people I know. With a roof antenna, I get a good 15Mbps (both post and prepaid, no congestion, towers out here are only band 13).

    ATT came in last year, only 6 miles away. I have no usable or boostable signal in my yard. Over on my property about a 1/4 mile, there is a signal there, and about 30Mbps. Any tree at all, signal is gone. And, I can see band 14 , but 3 different phones, that signal was so weak, by the time it was strong enough, band 2 would be in use. So, I'll test more.

    Tmobile is 50 miles away.

    "My" village (200 population, 15 miles away), cheapest there is $85 for up to 5Mbps, and it doesn't reliably stream audio. The other village (16 miles in the other direction, about 100 population) installed fiber for most of their customers, even rural ones (population density is about 1 per square mile, houses average miles apart, some 20+ miles out got installed). They offer one plan only. 50Mbps, $20 base fee, plus $0.20 per 1GB of any data use. They don't offer an unlimited plan at one price, it's only pay per use.

    Viasat? Cheapest plan in my zipcode (because the performance and price varies by zip), $110, for up to 12Mbps (don't see 5Mbps most of the time). 35GB before slowed to an average less than 0.5Mbps. And full time 360p video streaming. Best plan is $210 for the same speed, 65GB, and 720p.

  5. b. c.
    August 10, 2021

    Ran out of characters with my wall of text. ATT maxes at ~60Mbps right next to the tower with carrier aggregation, there would be no more than a handful on that tower (I doubt a dozen, literally), it drops of to -95dBm within a 1/2 mile from it.

    No cell carrier offers their home internet options in my area, including Tmobile 50 miles away. I'm 150 miles from nationwide/any type of 5G (mmWave would be useless out here unless they put a repeater in every yard). And, Starlink isn't available yet, cell not active.