Starlink will double speed and reduce latency in 2021

Starlink doblará la velocidad y reducirá la latencia en 2021

Although it is still in the testing phase, Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite Internet access service is progressing at a very good pace, and also just two weeks ago we learned that the test program has already arrived in Spain. You have to remember, yes, that 24/7 service is not yet guaranteed, and that although the pace of deployment of satellites to improve access to the service is remarkable, there is still some time until the service is so reliable as to depend solely on it for the Internet connection.

Still, Starlink’s proposal is very interesting, especially in places where fiber optic connections have not yet reached, and even more so in (fortunately less and less) places where it is not even possible to have a proper ADSL connection, and that have to resort to connections such as 4G for a domestic connection, suffering from the limitation in data consumption that these have associated.

Thus, for places where fiber Internet connection is not possible, and even more for those where there are no fast and unlimited connection options, the service offered by Starlink currently provides between 50 Mbps and 150 Mbps with a latency of between 20 and 40 milliseconds (although in many cases it does not reach those levels) with unlimited data consumption (although the company reserves the right to restrict it if it detects abusive uses), for an initial payment of 499 euros that includes all the necessary equipment, and a monthly fee of 99 euros.

Considering that we are talking about a residential satellite connection, the current values ​​of Starlink already seem quite reasonable, but that does not mean that they are going to stay there. The company’s plans are ambitious, and as published today by Elon Musk, its founder, On twitter, throughout this 2021 they will experience significant growth, to the point of multiply by two before the end of the year.

Musk’s message is found in a reply to a user thread, in which he describes the installation process of the Starklink Internet Access Kit, and in which he shows the result of a speed test showing 130 Mbps and a latency of 34 seconds. In the answer we can read that at some point this year the speed will multiply by two, until it reaches 300 Mbps, and that the latency will drop below 20 milliseconds, a performance that has nothing to envy to many fiber connections optics currently marketed.

Also, in another tweet in which a user asked about Starlink coverage, Musk replies that Starlink’s target is much of the land area throughout 2021, and complete the remaining regions over the next year. Once that milestone has been achieved, the next step is to increase the density of the network, in order to offer the necessary conditions to grow in the number of users without this resulting in a decrease in service performance.



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