How fast is Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet service

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(Pocket-lint) — Elon Musk’s Starlink has been in the news recently, as an eccentric billionaire donated devices to help Ukrainian citizens stay connected during the ongoing conflict.

However, in the rest of the world, Starlink remains a very expensive way to access the Internet, especially if you choose the premium plan.

For most families, Starlink doesn’t make sense, but if you find yourself in a remote rural area with no access to major broadband providers, it could be a godsend.

The question is, how fast can Starlink be used in the real world? Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, used its massive set of data to discover exactly how Starlink stacks up against competition around the world.


Starlink speed in the United States

In the US, Ookla found Starlink to be the fastest satellite internet provider, by a large margin, in the fourth quarter of 2021. However, it can’t compete with the average speed of providers of stable internet access in the US. Ookla also noted that Starlink saw a significant increase in speed from Q3 to Q4 of 2021, from an average download speed of 87.25 Mbps to 104.97 Mbps.

Starlink also has impressive latency numbers and is the only satellite internet service that comes close to the average latency offered by landline internet providers.

However, this experience is not uniform across the United States, with speeds varying widely by location. The highest speeds were recorded in Miami Dade County, Florida, with average download speeds of 191.08 Mbps.

Starlink UK Speed

In the UK, where most of us seem to suffer from slow internet, Starlink is about twice as fast as the average broadband download speed. It can’t quite keep up with the download speed, but the margin is pretty tight. Average latency is also low, and Ookla found it enough to play multiplayer games online reliably.

Compared to SES satellite internet, there is no comparison. So if you are one of the few in the UK who needs satellite internet, Starlink seems to be the best option.

To see how Starlink is performing around the world, you can read the full report here .

Written by Luke Baker.

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