Elon Musk says on Twitter that Starlink’s internet speed is doubling to 300 Mbit per second this year. Starlink is a project of space company SpaceX that provides broadband internet via satellites from space.
At the moment, Starlink is still in a test phase. Only interested Americans and Canadians can order a beta kit at this stage. For 99 dollars (82 euros) per month, a speed of between 50 and 150 Mbit per second is promised.
On average, Americans ‘ download speed is around 71.3 Mbit per second, the British internet provider calculated Cable.co.uk last year, based on hundreds of speed tests. In the Netherlands the average speed is 95.6 Mbit per second. However, it is already possible to achieve speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1,000 Mbps) via fiber optic.
In the Starlink connection, a delay of 20 to 40 milliseconds can occur in the current phase. According to Musk, that delay will fall below 20 milliseconds later this year.
Musk also says that Starlink will have to cover “most of the Earth” by the end of this year. Next year, that coverage will be extended. “Mobile networks always have an advantage in densely populated areas,” he writes. “Satellites work best for areas with low to medium population density.”