SpaceX Starlink Already Matches Cable Broadband Internet Service

US SpaceX Starlink users are getting 100 to 203 Mbps on downlink and around 15 to 33 Mbps on uplink. Latency varies between 20 to 45 milliseconds.

There is a startup purchase cost for a Starlink terminal. The terminal costs $499.

There about about 800-900 Starlink satellites currently and a full northern hemisphere deployment will be with about 4200 satellites and this could mostly be deployed by the end of 2021. There will then be an expansion to 12000 satellites for global coverage.

Performance downlink, uplink and latency should all improve with the wider satellite deployments.

SpaceX Starlink will be competitive for any area that does not have the best fiber. Starlink will be a valid alternative for internet cable and DSL services. Starlink will have limitations on the number of customers in some areas. This level of service will enable SpaceX Starlink to capture large segments of the internet consumer and business markets.

Starlink will have nearly complete global coverage which will make them dominant in rural areas and for mobile applications (ships, planes, trains, trucks, etc…). They will also be very competitive in smaller urban and suburban areas as the system is built out.

SOURCES- SpaceX, Techspot
Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com