Starlink satellite Internet prices are up but download speeds increase 38% in the US and 58% in Canada
The Starlink satellite Internet service provided by Elon Musk's SpaceX venture has vastly increased the download speed it offers in the US and Canada in the span of a year. According to Ookla, Speedtest's parent company, Starlink satellites can now deliver 90.55 Mbps median download speeds over the US, a 38% increase from the first quarter of last year. The Starlink speed tests in Canada paint an even more impressive picture, at 97.40 Mbps, which is a 58% increase year-on-year.
The Starlink upload speeds, however, saw a decrease in both countries, and the median download speeds are slightly lower compared to the last quarter of 2021 as more and more people hook up to the service. The standard Starlink service price is now US$110 a month after you buy the dish and decoders for US$599. The Starlink RV option is US$135 a month, while the top Starlink Business tier that used to go by the name Starlink Preimum, is US$500 a month with US$2,500 initial outlay, but can deliver speeds of up to 350 Mbps.
Starlink is now faster than fixed broadband Internet speeds in many countries like Canada, Mexico, Germany, or Australia. The SpaceX satellite Internet service was recently accused by satellite TV provider and aspiring fourth major carrier in the US, DISH, of illegally advertising active Internet coverage on the move.
SpaceX doesn't have Earth Station in Motion (ESIM) operations license from the FCC, yet offers mobile coverage in its Starlink RV price tier. In its turn, SpaceX is accusing DISH of hogging the 12GHz spectrum band it holds and plans to share with its budding 5G cellular network on dubious interference research, at least according to Starlink.