Starlink’s satellite network will consist of 12,000 satellites in the coming years, and they have already requested permission to have up to 42,000 more satellites deployed in different orbits to offer more speed and further reduce latency. Currently there are already more than 800 satellites in orbit, which already allow us to offer service in some areas of the northern United States. If we see the Starlink satellites live on the Satellitemap website, we can see that there is a high concentration in the northern hemisphere (between 44 and 52 degrees), coinciding exactly with the latitudes of the United States and Europe.
There are already users testing the Starlink beta
Starlink opened its registration on the web a few weeks ago, and there are already dozens of users who are participating in the service beta and that they have received the antenna that was leaked a few weeks ago, and where more than 700,000 people have already registered to obtain more information about the service or participate in the beta. This self-directing antenna only requires connecting to the current and directing it to the sky, so that it is looking for the closest satellites at all times to guarantee the best possible connection.
And, although Elon Musk claimed that speeds of up to 1 Gbps and latencies of 25 ms, the first figure is a long way off. A few months ago he lowered expectations and said that HD content could be streaming without problems, and finally it seems that it will be like that.
In the tests that are being seen, users are finding speeds that go from 10 to 50 Mbps downstream, and between 5 to 20 Mbps upstream. The latency, however, is as low as 21 ms, similar to what 4G can offer today, which is an impressive improvement considering that current satellite networks offer latencies that exceed one second. when using geostationary satellites.
Starlink complies in latency, but not in download megabytes
Thus, a normal connection can obtain a throughput of 30 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream, with a latency of 25 ms. This is better than using other alternatives such as satellite, radio or even ADSL in rural areas. Users claim that the latency is fairly stable, which is usually one of the biggest problems with these connections, hovering between 20 and 40 ms.
The 211 speed tests already identified yield the following data:
- Down: Minimal; 9.94 Mbps; Medium, 32.29 Mbps; Maximum 58.12 Mbps
- Upload: Minimum, 0.54 Mbps; Medium, 6.09 Mbps; Maximum 10.88 Mbps
It is expected that in the coming years the speed will increase as there are more satellites and closer, but for now we can see that this will serve to bring Internet of more than 30 Mbps to any part of the world at least. The latest leaks suggest that there will be several packages to choose from, with download and upload speeds of 25/5, 50/10 and 100/40, where there will be different traffic limits (it is said that the most expensive will offer up to 2 TB) and speed reduction once that figure is exceeded.