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Starlink satellite internet speed has dropped due to growth in the number of subscribers

The company Ookla, which owns the Internet connection speed test service Speedtest, has published report according to the actual connection speed provided by the Starlink satellite provider in different regions of the world. The second quarter report included the results of measurements in Europe, Oceania, North and South America.

    Image source: starlink.com

Image source: starlink.com

The researchers also compared the annual dynamics of the indicators in Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Great Britain and the USA: in the second quarter of this year, the speed decreased everywhere compared to the same period last year, the decrease ranged from 9 to 54%. In the case of Ookla, this is explained by the growth of the subscriber base. Average download speeds in North America were over 60 Mbps. Starlink’s results in Puerto Rico (112.22 Mbps) set a record for any satellite provider in North America.

In 16 European countries, Starlink speeds exceeded local landline carrier averages in Q2; Starlink download speeds exceeded 100 Mbit/s in 10 European countries. In Greece and Austria, the Starlink outbound channel outperformed the landline operators’ outbound speeds at 19.34 and 17.14 Mbps, respectively; in Portugal, the outgoing Starlink channel was the fastest (28.52 Mbit/s) and a record for all satellite providers in Europe. The lowest delays for Starlink were observed in Spain and the UK: 37 and 39 ms, respectively.

There was also a place for records in South America. Elon Musk’s company became the fastest satellite provider in Brazil (128.38 Mbit/s), second place also went to Starlink, but already in Chile (94.79 Mbit/s). In the same countries, the service showed the smallest lag in the entire region – 38 ms. New Zealand’s Starlink was the fastest satellite provider in Oceania, where the average download speed reached 105.99 Mbps. And in Tonga, the satellite operator outperformed fixed-line operators with 45.25 versus 22.32 Mbps. The latency was 49 ms in Australia, 78 ms in New Zealand and 98 ms in Tonga.

For the coming year, researchers predict that Starlink will continue to reduce speeds, and Ookla considers the expansion of satellite communications to the cellular market as one of the factors – the number of subscribers and connection speed are inversely proportional.

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