UK Starlink user shoots past 400Mbps in download speed!

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet service continues to outperform its competitors in performance tests. Serving customers around the world, Starlink uses a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) to beam over the Internet to users in North America, Europe, Australia and other countries. By comparison, its competitors use much larger spacecraft at higher altitudes, which means it takes longer for signals to travel to them and back to Earth’s surface.

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The latest Starlink speed test was conducted by a user living in the UK and shared on the social media platform Reddit. It follows a series of tests that have shown how the Internet service comfortably blows past the 200 mpbs mark in Internet download speeds.

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Reddit user Sparkster_01 shared the results a few days ago, revealing that the score was the highest he’d gotten since getting his hands on the Starlink router, dish, and other equipment. They show that when it comes to download speeds, Starlink has surpassed the 400 Mbps market by placing 404.3 Mbps in the metric.

It also did well in other areas, such as upload speeds and latency, which is the time it takes for a packet of information to travel to and from an internet user. Sparkster_01 was able to hit 18.6 Mbps in upload and 27 milliseconds in latency, both of which are above the averages provided by traditional satellite internet operators.

The internet speed test was shared this Sunday by Reddit user Sparkster_01. Image: Sparkster_01/Reddit

Compared to some of the other quick Starlink results we’ve covered so far, today’s test falls in third place. The fastest speed we’ve encountered so far was reported by a user in Germany, who was able to achieve a blazingly fast result of 649 Mbps in July this year. This is followed by a test in May, in which another German user reported a dazzling download speed of 560 Mbps, through a trio of tests, all of which exceeded the 500 Mbps mark.

Of course, these results differ from the average speeds reported by Starlink users around the world. Data collected in July this year showed that users in the European Union were able to achieve an average download speed of 176 Mbps, while their counterparts in the United States were the worst at 140 Mbps. Those in the UK were able to get up to 150Mbps.

Starlink speeds are often determined by the number of users in an area and their geographic location. The more users per area, the lower the speeds, which also depend on the number of satellites in use for the region in question.

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Nevertheless, the Internet service’s promise is clear when compared to the download speeds of two of its arch-rivals, HughesNet and Viasat. Data collected by PCMag last year showed that the two could deliver average download speeds of 19.8 Mbps and 24.7 Mbps, respectively.

As of November, the Starlink satellite constellation is made up of about 1,800 small satellites that are less than one-sixth of the 12,000 spacecraft the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized SpaceX to deploy. In addition, the internet service is also battling its competitors for permission to deploy as many as 30,000 second-generation satellites with three times the data capacity of the current one.

If approved, these plans will bring the total constellation size to 42,000 satellites, the largest entity, public or private, in history. SpaceX has also asked the Commission to commission five million user terminals in the United States, fearing that the number of users signing up for Starlink could exceed the number of terminals it is allowed to sell.

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