Starlink getting faster

Starlink is the satellite-based internet that’s put a plethora of long exposure photo-ruining white dots in the night sky, and it’s getting faster with every one put up there.

According to Ookla, the owners of Speedtest.net, Starlink’s speeds increased nearly 58% in Canada, and 38% in the United States over the past year.

The median download speeds in the US were floating around 90.55mbit, and 97.40mbit in Canada due to exchange rates.

While the download speeds are getting great, the upload speeds decreased by 33% & 23% for the US and Canada with both now averaging about 10mbit.

Even with the drop in upload speeds, Starlink is still about 3-4X the speed of their nearest competitors in all respects.

So, good for content consumers, not great for content creators but not terrible. Ping times in the 40-50ms range put it in the “good for gaming” range – not great, but acceptable. 10mbit up is more than enough for a decent video calls.

Blows any satellite internet I’ve ever run across out of the water. Of course a 100mbit median doesn’t mean everyone’s going to get that. Some will get more, some less. The number of cats in the satellite dishes will determine overall bandwidth.

If you’re wondering about other providers, there’s a good head to head comparison in the link below.

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