Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)’s satellite-based Internet service Starlink continues to provide its users with amazingly fast download speeds. Starlink is currently in the testing phase, and users across the United States have registered for the service. The Internet test results of this service accepted by Wccftech show that although Starlink continues to outperform competitors HughesNet and Viasat, the speed is still changing. Events that reflect the beta nature of the launch.
Starlink provides industry-leading download speeds for California users
Thanks to a reader from Sonoma County, California, who kindly provided us with the results of the Internet speed test of the SpaceX service. We can briefly understand the functions that the service currently provides.
The results showed different score levels, the low end of which was still higher than the scores provided by SpaceX competitors. Data from PCMag in October finally showed that the average download speeds that HughesNet and Viasat can provide are ~20Mbps and ~25Mbps, respectively.
On the other hand, Starlink more than doubled the download speed of HughesNet, reaching the lowest score of our California readers. Among the six results shared with us, the minimum download speed of SpaceX satellite internet was 44Mbps-in subsequent tests, this speed also rose to 46Mbps and 47Mbps.
In the details SpaceX shared with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October, the company revealed that the average download speed of the service was 80 Mbps, up from 43 Mbps in September.
The 40Mbps range is the low end of today’s test results, and the high end reflects the results we introduced earlier. For example, in January this year, a user in Montana shared his test results at a download speed of 190 Mbps. Earlier this week, users in Seattle and New York surpassed this result, with download speeds of 230 Mbps and 240 Mbps, respectively.
The highest download speed our users can achieve is 200 Mbps, which is in line with other reports. All of these tests were conducted on the Apple iPad Mini, and the highest-scoring test was conducted approximately four days after the first five tests.
SpaceX is marketing Starlink as a service that is expected to bring Internet connectivity to rural areas and other underserved areas in the United States. Unlike other satellite Internet providers, the company plans to operate thousands of small satellites in low earth orbit (LEO). This is one of the lowest orbital shells of a spacecraft, and the company’s decision was influenced by its desire to reduce waiting time (the time it takes for signals to and from user terminals) and to be able to quickly de-orbit the spacecraft. In case they fail.
For the latter, the company also signed an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through which the two companies will share data on NASA and Starlink satellite parameters to avoid accidents. SpaceX will also work with the space agency to adjust its satellite launch schedule to ensure that its flight trajectory does not overlap with NASA’s manned and unmanned missions.
The company is also fighting in the FCC hall to ensure that its third Starlink modification is approved. This modification recommends lowering the altitude of the satellite and changing the angle of the ground station. These changes are opposed by SpaceX’s competitors (such as Amazon and DISH), which they claim will have a significant impact on services.