Elon Musk’s rocket firm has launched greater than 2,000 flying routers to house lately because it makes an attempt to construct a constellation of satellites that might finally dwarf the overall quantity of spacecraft launched by humanity in all of the many years earlier than SpaceX got here on the scene.
Now it seems all that funding is starting to yield some actual outcomes.
Web pace take a look at outfit Ookla reported on Tuesday thathas raced additional forward of competitors, recording the quickest median satellite tv for pc broadband speeds in most locations it is provided and even outpacing the median pace of terrestrial mounted broadband providers in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other European international locations.
Starlink is on the market in not less than 32 international locations world wide, giving it a big benefit over nascent opponents like Amazon’s.
“As we have continued to see over the previous 12 months, Starlink’s low-earth orbit satellites (LEOs) present a life-changing service for shoppers in rural areas which may not in any other case have entry to high-speed web,” reads an announcement from Ookla.
As for the US and Canada, Starlink is quicker than different satellite tv for pc web suppliers by fairly a bit, with Puerto Rico being one notable exception — for now it is nonetheless struggling there to maintain up with HughesNet.
That would change although, as Starlink speeds elevated by 38 p.c between the primary quarter of 2021 and 2022, based on Ookla. In Canada, they had been up by 58 p.c over the identical interval.
Starlink data its quickest median obtain speeds in Lithuania (160Mbps). Ookla clocked it at 91Mbps within the US, 97Mbps in Canada and 124Mbps in Australia.
There have been obvious hiccups, nonetheless. Add speeds on Starlink truly decreased 12 months over 12 months, by 33 p.c within the US and 36 p.c in Canada.
SpaceX did not instantly reply to a request for remark.