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(Pocket-lint) – Elon Musk’s Starlink has been in the news lately, with the eccentric billionaire donating hardware to help Ukrainian citizens stay connected during the ongoing conflict.
In the rest of the world, however, the Starlink service remains a very expensive way to access the Internet, especially if you opt for the premium plan.
For most households, Starlink doesn’t make much sense, but if you find yourself in a remote rural area with no access to major broadband providers, it could be a godsend.
The question is, how fast is Starlink used in the real world? Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, used its vast pool of data to find out exactly how Starlink stacks up against the competition around the world.
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Starlink speed in the United States
In the United States, Ookla found Starlink to be the fastest satellite internet provider, by a significant margin, in the fourth quarter of 2021. However, it cannot compete with the median speed of providers. fixed Internet access in the United States. Ookla also noted that Starlink saw a considerable increase in speed from the third to fourth quarters of 2021, going from a median download speed of 87.25 Mbps to 104.97 Mbps.
Starlink also has impressive latency numbers and is the only satellite internet service to come close to the median latency offered by landline internet providers.
This experience, however, is not uniform across the United States, with speeds varying widely depending on location. The highest speeds were recorded in Miami Dade County, Florida, with median download speeds of 191.08 Mbps.
Starlink speed in UK
In the UK, where it seems most of us struggle with slow internet, Starlink is almost twice as fast as the median broadband download speed. It can’t quite keep up with download speed, but the margin is very narrow. Median latency is also low, and Ookla finds it sufficient to reliably play online multiplayer games.
In comparison to SES satellite Internet, there is simply no comparison. So if you’re one of the few in the UK who needs satellite internet, Starlink seems like the best option.
To see how Starlink is doing around the world, you can read the full report here .
Written by Luke Baker.