Starlink downlink speeds are improving significantly around the world, as shown in the latest report from Ookla, which we summarize for you below.
Starlink had reached 100,000 users last August. And the satellite Internet service provider now has more than 400,000, scattered around the world. As a reminder, the SpaceX service aims to provide an Internet connection in areas poorly or not served by terrestrial structures. Not all users are in the same boat in terms of speeds and latency, but the progress is there, underlines Ookla in its latest report.
Starlink: 131.12 Mbps median download speed in France
In Europe, the median download speed consistently exceeds 100 Mbps in countries where the service is available. By comparison, fixed ISPs exceeded 100 Mbps only in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands during the given period. With Starlink, Lithuania does best (160.08 Mbps), followed by Belgium (147.85 Mbps), Slovakia (146.25 Mbps), Croatia (136.00 Mbps) and Austria.
In our region, the median download speed with Starlink reaches 131.12 Mbps (compared to 99.06 for fixed broadband). In upload, the median speed is 16.45 Mbps (compared to 86.06 Mbps for fixed ISPs). For its part, the median hexagonal latency of Starlink amounts to 48 ms (against 12 ms). Marked differences which are however logical, the transmission time being much longer than with terrestrial infrastructures.
For the record, a German user of Starlink had obtained a record speed of almost 650 Mbps a year ago.
Starlink speeds: what about the rest of the world?
Between the first quarter of 2021 and 2022, download speeds increased by 38% in the United States and 58% in Canada. Specifically, US users get median download speeds of 90.55 Mbps. These go up to 97.40 Mbps in Canada. Regarding upload speed, median speeds have decreased by at least 33% in the United States (9.33 Mbps in the first quarter of 2022) and by at least 36% in Canada (10.70 Mbps).
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As for the median latency of Starlink, it increased slightly, from 40 to 43 ms in the United States and from 51 to 55 ms in Canada. “For many Starlink users, we believe these changes are negligible,” points out Ookla. In addition, Mexico takes the prize for Starlink’s North American download speeds with 105.91 Mbps.
In South America, Chile boasts the fastest median download speed in the region (110.49 Mbps) with Starlink. In Oceania, Elon Musk’s service allows median download speeds of 124.31 Mbps in Australia and 118.70 Mbps in New Zealand.