Starlink satellite internet speed dropped due to subscriber growth

Starlink satellite internet speed dropped due to subscriber growth
Starlink satellite internet speed dropped due to subscriber growth

Ookla, owner of the Internet connection speed test service Speedtest, has published a report on the actual connection speed that the Starlink satellite provider provides in different regions of the world. The second quarter report included measurement results in Europe, Oceania, North and South America.

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The researchers also compared the annual dynamics of the indicators in Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Great Britain and the USA: in the second quarter of this year, the velocity fell everywhere compared to the same period last year, the decline varied from 9 to 54%. At Ookla, this was explained by the growth of the subscriber base. Average download speeds in North America were over 60 Mbps. Starlink’s Puerto Rico results (112.22 Mbps) set a record for all satellite providers in North America.

In 16 European countries, Starlink’s speed in the 2nd quarter was higher than the average for local fixed access providers; in 10 European countries, Starlink download speeds were over 100 Mbps. In Greece and Austria, the outgoing Starlink channel surpassed the outgoing speeds of fixed operators, with 19.34 and 17.14 Mbps, respectively; in Portugal, the outgoing Starlink channel was the fastest (28.52 Mbps) and a record for all satellite providers in Europe. The lowest delays for Starlink were observed in Spain and the UK: 37 and 39 ms, respectively.

There was also a place for records in South America. Elon Musk’s company became the fastest satellite provider in Brazil (128.38 Mbps), second place also went to Starlink, but already in Chile (94.79 Mbps). In the same countries, the service had the lowest delay in the entire region – 38 ms. New Zealand’s Starlink was the fastest satellite provider in Oceania, where average download speeds reached 105.99 Mbps. And in Tonga, the satellite operator outperformed the fixed-line operators, showing 45.25 against 22.32 Mbps. Latency was 49ms in Australia, 78ms in New Zealand and 98ms in Tonga.

Over the next year, researchers predict that Starlink will reduce speeds even further, and Ookla considers the expansion of satellite communications into the mobile market to be one of the factors – subscriber numbers and connection speeds are inversely proportional.


The article is in Portuguese

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