Starlink broadband internet testsreached 174.21 Mbps in download and 33.40 Mbps in upload, as well as a more than decent ping of 39 ms
Starlink changes the rules of the game forever
Being in the middle of the field and connecting to the Internet at 175 Mbps seemed impossible until recently, but the first tests of Starlink users show that this is now a reality.
This is being commented on by those who are already paying for the service in the beta phase, which achieves speeds that are higher than 95% of the US population. According to some of them, this 'changes the rules of the game forever' and allows them to finally bring a broadband Internet to rural areas that competes with or surpasses connections in large urban centers.
A really promising start
Starlink's public beta doesn't come cheap. Each user who wants to enjoy it must pay an installation fee of $499 and a monthly fee of $99, but it seems that for those who are starting to try it that cost is more than justified.
The first performance tests of the connection that Starlink users are sharing on Reddit prove it. One of these users, who lives in a rural area in Montana, shared a capture of a speed test in which he saw how the connection reached 174.21 Mbps in download and 33.40 Mbps in upload, as well as a more than decent ping of 39 ms, especially when we consider that we are talking about a satellite connection.
That user, who said that "Starlink changes the rules of the game forever", is not the only one who boasted about those good data: several users are sharing those figures in a list on Reddit where the maximum speed achieved is 203.74 Mbps, while the upload speed is 42.58 Mbps and the lowest ping is 18 ms.
"If you're living in the middle of nowhere, paying $3.3 a day online is a great offer.
There are more modest figures, of course, but Elon Musk himself has already indicated that these figures could improve in the future and the invitations to this beta do not stop growing, with "several thousand more invitations sent during this week," he said in a tweet yesterday.
Starlink's promise seems to be coming true, of course, and as one user said on Twitter, "if you're living in the middle of nowhere, paying $3.3 a day online is a great offer.
Starlink unboxing video ... Speed offerings up to 100Mbps and a latency of ~20ms, and all that for $99 monthly subscription is a pretty great deal.— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) November 3, 2020
If you're living in the middle of nowhere — $3.3 Internet/day is a sweet deal 🤯 pic.twitter.com/JqL6XKVuZ1
In this beta phase, those responsible for the service could have "brief periods without connectivity", and some users have confirmed this by indicating that "there are interruptions of between 10 and 15 seconds that seem to occur every 15 minutes".
This could compromise scenarios such as online gaming, but as we said, we are still in a preliminary phase of a service that poses a real revolution for users in small urban areas.