Space is full of unknowns and commercial opportunities. Musk's SpaceX has grown into a major player in the space race, capable of steadily launching rockets, satellites, and landing on the moon and fire in the future.
One of SpaceX's flagship products, Starlink has launched more than 2,500 satellites, providing satellite communications services to 400,000 customers in 34 countries and regions.
According to a just-released report by Ookla, the median download speed on Starlink satellites increased 38% from 65.72Mbps at the end of the first quarter last year to 90.55Mbps at the end of the second quarter.
By region, users in Canada saw the most improvement, increasing from 61.84Mbps to 97.40Mbps. Note that the median value is used here, which is more representative of most users. In fact, it is common for Starlink to exceed 300Mbps in some locations.
So how does Starlink perform compared to terrestrial fixed broadband?
Surprisingly, In Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, France, Portugal, Germany and the United Kingdom, Starlink's performance was far ahead of that of the carrier's cable broadband. In fact, Starlink has surpassed broadband in most areas of coverage.
However, it is worth noting that starlink upload performance may have declined due to the surge in user numbers. Plus, Starlink is still pricey, costing $110 a month for a standard plan and $599 for a receiver. The ultimate plan costs $500 a month and promises 350 Megabits per second.