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Starlink satellite Internet speeds decrease as Elon Musk brags about service availability on all continents

Stralink is now available in Antarctica (image: SpaceX)
Stralink is now available in Antarctica (image: SpaceX)
The average Starlink Internet download speeds have diminished across the globe as more users sign up for the service and it becomes available in more places. In fact, Elon Musk just boasted with Starlink service availability on all 7 continents, including Antarctica.

While Starlink satellite Internet speeds are still faster than the fixed broadband services in many countries, the average speeds have been gone down in the past year, says Ookla. The research firm behind the popular Speedtest app has been covering SpaceX's satellite Internet service since its initial launch, and found out that median Starlink download speeds have dropped up to 54% at places in the span of a year.

Needless to say, this is due to more and more people signing up for the satellite Internet service and its wider availability on moving vehicles like RVs, cruise ships, or planes. Elon Musk just tweeted the other day that "Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica," and this extra reach has seemingly led to a hit in average speeds despite the continuous launching of satellites.

Starlink's median upload speed also decreased across the board from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022, with only latency remaining relatively flat, though still worse than that of a fixed broadband connection. Nevertheless, comments Ookla, at 60 Mbps median speeds in North America, Starlink is still a viable Internet solution, especially for subscribers living in the boondocks, or for those on the move.

The fastest Stralink Internet speeds here went to Puerto Rico with 112.22 Mbps. Canada gets 75.73 Mbps,  while the U.S. trails with 62.53 Mbps speeds, or about exactly the global median Starlink downloads. Mexico was the only country in North America where Starlink is still faster than fixed broadband Internet, while in the U.S. Elon Musk's service enjoys the lowest, 48ms latency among competing satellite connectivity providers.

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Starlink satellite Internet speeds (image: Ookla)
Starlink satellite Internet speeds (image: Ookla)

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Daniel Zlatev, 2022-09-21 (Update: 2022-09-21)