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How fast does Starlink work in the United States? | Digital Trends Spanish


In 2020, Starlink launched its beta version of the satellite internet service in the United States, which caused great excitement among users.

Elon Musk’s company promised speeds that exceeded that offered by other competitors, and early users confirmed this projection: They reported speeds that were faster than 95 percent of other connections in the territory.

Almost as a way to anticipate any unforeseen event, at that time the firm warned that speeds could vary, even reaching moments of “total disconnection”, which has occurred in some remote areas.

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What do the figures say?

More than a year has passed and Starlink continues to add customers. The satellite internet service proposed by Musk remains one of the fastest in the United States, and this is supported by a report published by the portal Speed ​​test.

The most important conclusion is that in the last quarter of 2021, the Starlink service remains flat, that is, it continues to be the fastest, despite the fact that it suffered a slight decrease in its speed compared to the second quarter.

What happened?

According to the report, Starlink’s average download speed in the United States dropped from 97.23 Mbps during the second quarter of this year to 87.25 Mbps in the third quarter. The report also explains that this could be due to the addition of more clients.

For now, behind Starlink appear HughesNet (19.30 Mbps) and Viasat with 18.75 Mbps.

For its part, the average upload speed of Starlink also suffered a decrease, reaching 13.54 Mbps (13.89 Mbps in the second quarter). In this case, Viasat and HughesNet also complete the “podium”, with 2.96 Mbps and 2.54 Mbps, respectively.

In the case of the United States, Starlink service also varies at the county level. According to the article, while there was a 100 Mbps range of throughput between the county with the slowest average download speed (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and the county with the fastest speed (Drummond, Michigan), still the lowest speeds are well above the Federal Communications Commission’s base performance level of at least 25 Mbps download speed.

As for the projections, everything indicates that the Starlink service will continue to be the most convenient, as the company continues to launch satellites to space.

At the end of December, Starlink sent 52 new satellites from California, which should increase its network of devices in low Earth orbit and thus improve the service of its customers in the most remote areas of the Earth.

If you are interested in hiring Starlink, you can review this note that Digital trends published in October about the prices and availability of this service in the United States.

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