Starlink’s internet speeds to double this year

Date:23 February 2021 Author: Leila Stein

Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, confirmed to followers on Twitter that the Starlink satellite internet speed is going to increase significantly in 2021.

Musk’s first mention of this jump was in response to a user who was tweeting about his experience with the beta Starlink kit. The man had run a speed test using Starlink’s service and noted how fast it was. In response, Musk commented, “Speed will double to ~300Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20ms later this year”.

Currently, the satellites enable between 50 and 15 Megabits per second but the range varies per user. Some have seen speed well exceeding this number.

Starlink are not finished sending up all the satellites, which explains why Musk said there are improvements on the horizon. In another tweet about Starlink’s coverage areas, he said, “Most of Earth by end of year, all by next year, then it’s about densifying coverage. Important to note that cellular will always have the advantage in dense urban areas. Satellites are best for low to medium population density areas.”

Picture: SpaceX

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