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Average Starlink Broadband Speeds from Around the World

Monday, July 19th, 2021 (8:54 am) - Score 11,136
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An unofficial new website has launched that offers a rough overview of the average (mean) broadband ISP speeds being delivered across the world by SpaceX’s new Starlink constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Apparently, users in Europe are currently experiencing faster speeds than those in the USA, but the sample size is small.

The site – Starlink Statuspage – collects its data by asking users (currently less than 100 of them) of the service to run either a speedtest every 15 minutes (or similar) over a Bash Script, or use the site’s own Custom Ookla Speedtest (placed on their website) when they want to do a test.

NOTE: The site and its android app (here) were created by Tynet.eu – see the Github.

At present SpaceX has well over 1,600 active LEOs in orbit (space) around the earth and their initial ambition is to deploy a total of 4,425 by 2024, which could potentially be followed by as many as 12,000 at a later date (possibly late 2026). The service has already gone live in the USA, Canada, the UK and is now extending into Europe and other parts of the world, albeit still technically in a pre-launch beta phase.

The service currently has well over 69,400 active users simultaneously, thus the new website’s sample size is fairly small and should be taken with a pinch of salt. We should also point out that the number of available ground stations and satellites, as well as network load and capacity, may differ between different countries, thus the results being returned right now aren’t strictly indicative of what may happen after Starlink goes fully live. Speeds can also be impacted by any obstructions to your view of the sky and stability of the dish.

Sadly, the site’s main summary page only gives us tabulated figures for the USA, EU and Worldwide, but you can see results for Germany, the UK, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Australia in a graph at the bottom – albeit only for specific days rather than overall and only for downloads (e.g. the UK scored 129.44Mbps yesterday).

Current Starlink Speeds (Average)

Worldwide

156.28Mbps Download
26.62Mbps Upload
43.56ms Latency (a lower figure is faster)

USA

139.44Mbps Download
20.39Mbps Upload
50.6ms Latency

EU

174.74Mbps Download
33.64Mbps Upload
33.71ms Latency

On latency, it’s worth noting that Elon Musk has long spoken of Starlink as being intended to deliver an average latency time of around 20ms. Clearly, not everybody is getting that right now, although some of this may be due to people testing over WiFi and any latency being added by Ookla’s testing platform. However, Musk recently pledged that ping times would “improve dramatically in the coming months … we’re aiming for <20ms.” The benefits will come through a mix of software updates, network tweaks, and the ongoing introduction of new satellites.

Starlink has also previously talked about developing a 10Gbps (per user) capable service in the future (here), although their initial aim is to have users achieving around 300Mbps by the end of this year (here) and some are already getting close to that. The same timetable will also apply to their goal of sub-20ms latency times.

Customers in the UK have to pay £89 a month for the beta service, plus £54 for shipping and £439 for the kit (dish, router etc.). But for that you can currently expect to receive unlimited usage, fast latency times of 20-40ms, download speeds of between 50-150Mbps and uploads of c.20Mbps.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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22 Responses
  1. Gary says:

    Whilst I enjoy the concept, I would urge anyone seriously considering this as their option for broadband to have a look at the ‘debunking’ done by the likes of Common Sense Skeptic and Thundef00t. I’m sure there will be those who are keen to try it irrespective of their ability to receive high speed internet via terrestrial means.

    1. Randy says:

      maybe not thunderfl00f, he’s got a bit of a Musk fixation and isn’t really that objective. I agree with him on his hyperloop video – it’s a con. But starlink is working fine, his major issues with it seem to be “oh but wwweeeeeeeeeeeeee (you know he makes that sound) the satellites might crash” or “but it looks bad on telescopes”. He doesn’t at any point say starlink doesn’t work .. because it does.

      I’m not a Musk fanboy, I can’t stand him to be honest. Hyperloop is a joke. Tesla and Starlink are not. I would rather see oneweb succeed but they’re just playing second place to starlink at the moment

    2. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

      @Randy: “second place to starlink”… AKA last, in (what is for now) a one thoroughbred horse and one sickly seaside donkey race.

    3. Randy says:

      lefty wefty, and what of Samsung’s constellation that hasn’t even taken off yet.
      but keep fellating Elon why not. Oh wait, you’re one of those people that cries about the UK having a satellite constellation. Shhhh it’s ok, the satellites won’t hurt you.

    4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre says:

      “I’m sure there will be those who are keen to try it irrespective of their ability to receive high speed internet via terrestrial means.”

      Why on earth would someone want to try Starlink if they already FTTP available? Otherwise it’s an expensive novelty.

    5. CerealKiller says:

      The usecase for Starlink when you already have FTTP is around diverse and separate resilience. But you’d need deep pockets.

      If I could receive FTTP that’s what I’d buy – no question.

    6. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

      @Randy: Hence “(what is for now)”… but keep humping that flag. Oh wait, you’re one of those people who thinks the UK has a satellite constellation, when it’s majority owned by the Indians! Shhhh it’s OK, facts won’t hurt you. ::facepalm::

    7. Randy says:

      lol what flag? man you lefties really are a strange lot. But then Musk fans are always a bit off kilter, guess you have to be to believe people like him.

      So because Bharti group has a 38% share then we have no constellation right? Anything to fit your narrative hey? Oh your fanboy musk secured $800m+ in funding, guess that means Musk doesn’t own Starlink then..

      I bet when Oneweb gets GPS you’ll explode in rage. Wish I was there to see it.

      Now don’t let me stop you i’m sure you have places to be like trolling anyone who doesn’t have your political persuasion on the web.

    8. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

      @Randy: LOL what fanboy? Woman(?) you wingnuts really are a strange lot. But then wingnuts are ignorant wackos by default, guess you have to be, to think everyone who doesn’t fit into your narrow little world view, are ‘lefty wefties’.

      So because Bharti group has a 38% share and the UK ONLY has 19.3% (the same as SoftBank and Eutelsat) the UK owns the constellation right? Anything to fit your narrative hey? Oh because Musk secured $800m+ in funding, I guess that means he’s no-longer the MAJORITY SpaceX shareholder (54%) with overwhelming voting control (78%)?

      I bet when Oneweb fails to deliver an analogous GPS service you’ll breakdown in tears, and pretend that GPS was never a goal of OneWeb / the Johnson administration. I don’t wish I was there to see it, as I’m not a petty little hypocritical wingnut.

      “Now don’t let me stop you I’m sure you have places to be like trolling anyone who doesn’t have your political persuasion on the web” ::facepalm::

    9. Randy says:

      I can see the foaming at the mouth already. Have you been checked for Rabies? Actually maybe see if you don’t have a brainstem instead of a brain.

      Oneweb will do GPS and then you will cry little tears about ‘dem evil tories. Muh “wrong kind of satellite” as your only co-nutter said is incorrect, but I’d expect nothing less from the facts dont matter when the left slanders the right. Chip scale atomic clocks will do just fine. that’s EXACTLY why Starlink is going to copy the idea. They will do GPS and you will seeeeeeeeeth forever about it.

      tata.

    10. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

      I can see the steam emitting from your ears already. Have you been checked for boiling blood? Actually maybe see if you don’t have a half rotten lump of salted pork, instead of a brain?

      Oneweb will almost certainly never actually “do GPS”, as India is developing its own GNSS service, the treasury (with its empty coffers) will quietly divest itself of the UK’s stake, and you will blame everyone but the fools responsible who bought a dwindling stake in the “wrong kind of satellite” company.

      “Onweb GPS would have been a great success, if only those nasty lefty wefty meanies didn’t talk our satellites down… SLANDER IT WAS!!! SLANDER!!!! WAAAAAAHHHHHH!”

      Tata (another Indian firm which owns so-called “British” companies)!

  2. CerealKiller says:

    I’ve been gathering stats on my own Starlink connection for a few months now.

    http://starlink.baileywoodfarm.com

    Bandwidth is consistently > 200Mbps downstream and latency ~30ms.

    Very usable (but I still have my ~slow~ FTTC connection to get round Starlinks limitations).

    1. Buggerlugz says:

      great realtime app, you got there!

    2. Towlie says:

      realtime app ?

      You mean grafana? it’s a 5 minute job with influxdb and grafana mate.

    3. CerealKiller says:

      Yes Grafana, influxdb, telegraph, some bash scripts, and hacking a smart plug to grab the power stats.

      Slightly more than 5 mins, but good fun and interesting stats.

      🙂

  3. craski says:

    For many Starlink may be the only option in the short to medium term. BDUK has not helped my area at all and R100 looks set to be another fail for many. 4G only provides us with about 5Mbps on a good day. We use fixed wireless currently but I have signed up for Starlink and very much look forward to trying it out.

  4. Buggerlugz says:

    Considering latency is around 3 times lower than most 4g in the UK, I’m impressed. Only the high initial outlay and over-priced monthly fee puts me off TBH.

  5. R Pershing says:

    Seriously considering signing up. My service with Cox is consistently bad & nowhere near the speed promised.It freezes all the time & it’s over $100 a month. The only thing that slows me down on Starlink is the $500 up front for the equipment.
    I do like Elon. I believe in him. Sooner or later I’ll go for his service.

  6. Donald Lane says:

    Wondering when I can expect to receive my Starlink system all ready sent my $99 long time ago

  7. NeilM says:

    I have a customer who has a small factory, they have one internet network connection, which is 80/20.

    They would like to move some of their infrastructure into the cloud, this as a secondary connection/primary connection would allow them some piece of mind about redundancy. It would allow them to also combine the bandwidth and have two connections in case of a local failure/ISP provider..

    So for them, £100 a month isn’t a great an expense for that extra bit of surety.

  8. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

    I can see the steam emitting from your ears already. Have you been checked for boiling blood? Actually maybe see if you don’t have a half rotten lump of salted pork, instead of a brain?

    Oneweb will almost certainly never actually “do GPS”, as India is developing its own GNSS service, the treasury (with its empty coffers) will quietly divest itself of the UK’s stake, and you will blame everyone but the fools responsible who bought a dwindling stake in the “wrong kind of satellite” company.

    “Onweb GPS would have been a great success, if only those nasty lefty wefty meanies didn’t talk our satellites down… SLANDER IT WAS!!! SLANDER!!!! WAAAAAAHHHHHH!”

    Tata (another Indian firm which owns so-called “British” companies)!

    1. A "Far lefty wefty" or so I've been told. says:

      Double-post trolling of the troll “Randy”. Best ignored.

      Admin, if you delete my trolling posts, delete the troll Randy’s too. Fair play and impartiality.

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