We go from 150 Mbps maximum to 300 Mbps from 2021, this is Elon Musk’s promise.
Starlink, Elon Musk’s in-house satellite offering, was in the spotlight last week. Indeed, it will soon be ready to be marketed in France.
New announcement of the day, Elon Musk has already planned to double the speeds offered during the beta test.
We will go to 300 Mbps maximum
The quality and coverage of the Starlink network is primarily related to the number of satellites that hover above our heads. As of January 18, 2021, 1,015 satellites have been deployed. The rate of deployment was around 60 satellites per month in 2020, this first phase of the deployment of the Starlink constellation involves 1,584 satellites. Eventually, the constellation of satellites will be even denser: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States has authorized SpaceX to deploy 12,000 satellites and up to 30,000 much later.
Speed will double to ~300Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20ms later this year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2021
Elon Musk, on Twitter, promised to double the internet speeds of the Starlink offer this year: we can therefore reach 300 Mbps downstream.
As a reminder, in September 2020, Starlink already claimed a speed greater than 100 Mbit / s. With the current network and during the public beta phase, Starlink communicates on rates between 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps and a latency between 20 ms to 40 ms. The first tests confirm this performance, some users have even exceeded 170 Mbps. In all cases, this is Very High Speed (THD): in France, the threshold from which an Internet connection delivers very high speed is set at 30 Mbps.
On the latency side, Elon Musk now officially communicates on the figure of 20 milliseconds for current 2021. This is sufficient latency to play online games in good conditions.
Starlink has never officially communicated on the maximum speeds that could be offered in the offer associated with its constellation, we are nevertheless talking about 1 Gbps downstream which is the speed of a fiber optic offer of 2021.
A planetary offer for 2022
Elon Musk also confirms that Starlink’s goal is to provide internet service worldwide. This comprehensive coverage will be ready in 2022, again according to Elon Musk.
« Then, it is a question of densification of the coverage. It is important to note that the cell phone (4G or 5G) will always have the advantage in dense urban areas (…) Satellites are best suited to areas with low or medium population density ».