Another 60 SpaceX Starlink Satellites and 100 Mbps User Download Speed Tests

SpaceX has tweeted out that Starlink is providing over 100 Mbps download speeds in user tests. They launched the twelfth batch of 60 Starlink satellites.

The speed and low latency is fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at once and still have bandwidth to spare. It also can play any online game.

Latency tests during the beta phase are in the 20-94 millisecond range.

SpaceX is testing laser communication between orbiting Starlink satellites. Laser communication will greatly speed Starlink communications and further reduce latency and increase download speeds.

SpaceX reports over 700,000 potential customers have pre-signed for Starlink service.

Written by Brian Wang, (Brian owns Spacex shares)

16 thoughts on “Another 60 SpaceX Starlink Satellites and 100 Mbps User Download Speed Tests”

  1. I have cable and I had to upgrade to get 50 mps. $5 more a month. More speed is always better but I haven't seen a need for more especially since it looks like the web sites are the bottle neck. There are a lot of places where you can't get a good internet connection. $1 Billion in revenue a year at $50/month needs only 2 million customers. I think they will eventually have many more than that. Might of to lower price to get the 3rd World customers.

  2. Is 100 Mbps an entire satellite? Then it could only service 100 people at 1Mbps each. That’s not encouraging.

    On the other hand, if it’s 100 Mbps per user, and the user is only charged $100/month with a cap of 10 GB, then this is actually viable for many rural locations. And with a high enough cap, it could replace wired internet connections.

    I guess we’ll see.

    (BTW, 100 mbps is a billion times slower than than100 Mbps (milli vs mega). I know what was meant, but errors in units are distracting).

  3. I cannot wait to tell my cable internet provider to go shove it. It will be the most spiteful yet joyous product purchase of my life.

  4. I'm going with the balloons on this. Shorter distances means faster, clearly cheaper. Mars may have to support itself!

  5. Another usually ignored advantage: this allows the Matternet to emerge for real.

    Current delivery drones depend on cellphone and usually 4G/5G coverage, that means they work mostly at or near the cities.

    If these drones can remain fully connected all the time, everywhere, then they can do deliveries also everywhere.

    Yeah, there are problems of flight range* and minimum population density for making it viable, but after the pandemic and the forced remote working revolution it brought, more people may decide to go live farther from the cities, while still having a fully connected job. And they will want Amazon same day delivery too.

    *Delivery drones can also be self driving cars, of course, but the problem of giving them Internet everywhere remains.

  6. Fast iteration is embedded in Starlink.

    The satellites are in orbits than ensure they return and burn in a few years.

    So they need to be replenished, and thus any new versions will be up and running very quickly.

    I expect them to gradually grow their speeds.

  7. 100mbps is what you get with standard cable broadband internet on the basic consumer packages. Latency seems to be slightly better than my fiber connection which hovers typically at 50-90ms. So it's a success. Also, that should improve as they build out and start adding laser communication between the satellites. Given SpaceX's propensity for fast iteration, I fully expect these numbers to improve with each new group of satellites they launch.

  8. Results from these tests have shown super low latency and download speeds greater than 100 mbps

    But is it typical.

    Download tests are floating around, download throughput 12 to 61Mbps and latencies between 20ms to 94ms. Too bad their veracity is impossible to gauge.

  9. I suspect that they're saying 100Mbps due to the recent FUD editorial campaign against Starlink, particularly for the FCC rural broadband thing. That's not to say all those redditors posting results are faking things, but they fail to mention that Starlink is deliberately hobbling some of the users because they are testing their network routing and network core arrangement, as part of the work necessary to build up an ISP with distributed AS connectivity to internet backbones.

  10. 100 Mbps, low latency, anywhere on Earth coverage is really good.

    I won't mind if it's behind the city ISP's speeds, if it allows me to go live anywhere I fancy.

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