why does it matter: Starlink Internet is becoming increasingly popular among consumers seeking satellite connectivity as an alternative to traditional ISPs or in underserved/underserved areas. This is great news for SpaceX, but the increased subscriptions are having a negative impact on the platform’s speed.
According to the latest data from web testing company Ookla, average download speeds for Starlink in France, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States fell from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of 2022. From nine percent to 54 percent.
In the US, media download speed was north of 60 Mbps. Ookla said that’s more than enough for at least one connected device to perform common online tasks like downloading games, streaming video, and video chatting with friends and family.
Among the North American regions, Puerto Rico recorded the fastest Starlink download speed with an average of 112.22 Mbps. Mexico recorded the fastest Starlink media download speed of 14.48 Mbps.
It’s not just the downloads that have slowed down. Ookla He said Download speeds have fallen across every country they’ve tracked over the past year. Latency has mostly remained constant year after year, which is slower than you might get with a traditional fixed broadband connection for obvious reasons.
Last month , T-Mobile Announced a partnership to use Starlink satellites to cover the United States with text message coverage. Beta testing is expected to begin by the end of 2023 in select regions. giant cruise ship Royal Caribbean It also announced plans to become the first company in the industry to adopt Starlink technology. Royal is already installing the technology on all Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises ships, along with all new ships for each brand.
Meanwhile, Apple has partnered with a competitor Global Star To run emergency SOS via satellite on new iPhones. The feature, which will be free for the first two years, is expected to debut in November.