Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet could be a victim of its own success

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet could be a victim of its own success

Elon Musk’s satellite internet service has hit a bump in the road after gaining momentum in the first half of the year.

Starlink, the ISP arm of SpaceX, has seen its speeds slow around the world as the service grows in popularity, according to the internet speed measurement company Ookla’s latest quarterly report. (Note: Both Ookla and Mashable are owned by the same parent company, Ziff Davis.) In all Ookla countries (such as Canada, UK, US, and New Zealand), median Starlink download speeds fell, year-over-year, from second quarter of 2021 to present.

You don’t want to see the lines go down like that.
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The declines ranged from 9% to 54%, depending on the country, but the news is not entirely bad for Musk and his satellite internet project. For example, the median download speed for Starlink users in the US at its lowest point last year was around 60 Mbps, which is more than enough for a person’s daily internet regimen. mean. That said, it’s still way below that. 90Mbps digits which was recorded in June. The US speed was the lowest in these latest measurements, as other countries like New Zealand and France recorded median speeds of around 100 Mbps, an excellent figure by satellite internet standards.

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The simplest explanation is that the service is probably flexing a bit under the pressure of a growing user base over time, as noted in Ookla’s report. Stellar Link surpassed 400,000 global users in May and recently began rolling out the service to Royal Caribbean cruise ships. A bunch of users have reported surprise price drops also in August, which could partly explain the increase in the number of subscribers. The system will be strained even more at the end of 2023 when some T-Mobile customers will have the possibility of connect to Starlink satellites through their mobile devices.

If Starlink can maintain decent speeds under this mounting pressure, it will be one of Musk’s most successful ventures in years.


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