Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet performance was relatively flat in the third quarter, but it still exceeded the average broadband download speed in five Canadian provinces.
According to a third quarter analysis by Ookla, Starlink’s average download speeds only saw a slight increase to 90.67 Mbps, 3 Mbps more than the previous quarter. Its upload speeds were relatively unchanged at 13.87 Mbps.
Starlink’s download speed continued to exceed the average fixed broadband Internet speed in five provinces, outperforming cable connections in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Of the five provinces, Starlink had the highest average download speeds in PEI, 118.02 Mbps. By contrast, the average broadband speed in the region was only 46.86 Mbps.
While Starlink was able to match broadband download speeds in New Brunswick, it was slower than broadband in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Starlink also lost in average upload speeds, at 13.87 Mbps compared to 20.67 Mbps for broadband.
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Latency measures the time lag between when data is sent and when it is received. It is an important metric in urgent games and applications. Because its network communicates with satellites in space, Starlink had a higher latency than broadband: 56ms. Broadband, on the other hand, had a delay of just 12 ms.
Starlink aims to broadcast the Internet to anywhere in the world using its network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, also known as a constellation. In Canada, the service is directed primarily to rural and remote areas without access to fixed broadband. Customers must purchase and install a satellite dish for CA $ 649 from the company, then pay a subscription fee of CA $ 129 per month.
Starlink exclusively uses low-orbit satellites that float between 550 km and 1200 km above the ground. In addition to reducing latency, low-Earth orbit satellites also reduce space debris, as they easily fall back to Earth when decommissioned.
To date, Starlink has launched more than 1,800 satellites, far from the 40,000 it expects to achieve in one day. The most recent launch took place on Saturday, December 18, when a SpaceX rocket sent 52 more satellites into orbit.