Satellite Internet is often the only way to get online if you live in a rural area. But this is not always the fastest or most stable internet connection.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network has recently made some headway with its satellite internet service. According to Ookla, the author of one of the most widely used tests, Starlink internet speeds worldwide are faster than leading satellite alternative offerings. The report came out just as Starlink registered 90,000 subscribers – 20,000 of which were added in the last month alone.
Ookla compared Starlink to HughesNet and Viasat, as well as fixed broadband networks such as cable and DSL. Tests showed that Starlink significantly outperformed the other two satellite companies in both upload and download tests, ranking almost as high as the US fixed-line broadband average.
Ookla notes that Starlink was the only provider with median latency that matched fixed broadband. Lower latency is better and is worth looking into if you plan on voice and video chats, playing games, or streaming live — anything you would like to do no matter where you are.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has long argued that one of Starlink’s significant advantages over traditional satellite internet is low latency. Recent Ookla speed tests confirm this claim slightly. The numbers are certainly promising.
Ookla has conducted speed tests in other parts of the world, including Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and New Zealand. Starlink achieved the fastest download speeds in France and even surpassed local fixed broadband networks in Germany. Full results are available on the Ookla website.