Starlink download speeds have decreased over the past year

According to Ookla, the firm behind SpeedTest, average download speeds for Space X’s satellite internet operation Starlink fell in Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US in the second quarter. .

The decline in download speeds ranged from 9% to 54% between Q2 2021 and Q2 2022, and came as more customers joined Starlink, Ookla says. Upload speeds were also reduced on Starlink’s service, with speeds dropping in every country it tracks.

However, the report notes that Starlink still achieved an average download speed of at least 60 Mbps in North America during the second quarter of 2022, “which is more than enough for at least one connected device to do almost everything on the Internet.” .

In terms of geographic rankings, Starlink in Puerto Rico had the fastest satellite internet in North America during the period with an average download speed of 112.22 Mbps, followed by Mexico at 80.17 Mbps, Canada at 75.73 Mbps and the US with 62.53 Mbps. Apparently, their media in Puerto Rico and Mexico, downloads on Starlink were faster than their countries’ fixed broadband providers.

In Europe, Starlink was the fastest in terms of median download speeds in Portugal at 123.01 Mbps, the Netherlands at 122.43 Mbps, Austria at 112.01 Mbps, France at 110.98 Mbps and Belgium at 110, 40 Mbps. However, we are told that all satellite providers lagged far behind fixed broadband providers across Europe in latency during Q2 2022.

The report also highlights Starlink’s recent big announcement with T-Mobile promising satellite Internet connectivity without the need for a dedicated phone: “Satellite connectivity is coming to mobile devices, with Starlink’s new partnership with T-Mobile.” -Mobile and new mobile devices are becoming satellite. activated. This will cause ripples throughout North America, which is a positive for consumers living in areas with low mobile and fixed broadband connectivity. Connecting with the world will no longer be a question of how, it will be a question of how good your experience is. Hopefully it will be beneficial for consumers, especially as more providers compete for the best and fastest satellite experience – a true global space race.”

As we said at the time, many questions remain from the bombastic launch event, which promised the land but was pretty skimpy on tangible details. The project will apparently allow phones on T-Mobile’s network to connect to Starlink, which they claim will provide coverage “even in many of the most remote locations previously unreachable by traditional cellular signals.”

However, companies only seem to be talking about texting at the moment, and only in certain areas of the US, and the closest we have to a release date is “it will go into beta, we think.” than as early as the end of next year. It all really felt like a very soft release and it’s hard to say much more about it until we get something more concrete from them.

There are many satellite companies active right now making big promises to provide connectivity to every inch of the earth’s surface. That’s fine, but how big the market is for connecting mountaintops and polar expanses, or anywhere else that’s for some reason out of reach of terrestrial towers, is another question.

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