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SpaceX’s Starlink internet speed test results are slowing – here’s why

SpaceX’s Starlink internet speed test results show it’s getting slower than ever in the US.

The latest Ookla speed tests showed that Starlink satellite internet upload and download speeds are dropping.

Are the speed numbers really that bad? The Ookla Q2 2022 report gives the specific median numbers for various aspects, including its latency speeds.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the company’s new manned spacecraft, The Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space during a press conference May 29, 2014 in Hawthorne, California.

SpaceX’s Starlink internet speed test results slow

Elon Musk’s high-speed internet service, Starlink, aims to bring low-latency connections to rural and remote areas around the world.

In fact, its website claims that it “provides high-speed, low-latency internet to users around the world.”

However, the latest Ookla user speed tests suggest that internet service performance is slowing down a bit. Yet, it should be noted that it still significantly tramples fixed broadband Internet speeds in the United States.

According to ArsTechnica’s latest report, Starlink’s first and second quarter speed test results show slower numbers than the satellite internet service’s previous performance.

Starlink Median Upload and Download Speeds

For example, its median download speeds dropped by around 28 Mbps, while its download results show a slight drop of 2.1 Mbps in the first two quarters of the year.

And as such, Starlink download speeds in the US now average 62.5 Mbps, which is remarkably lower than the previous median result of 90.6 Mbps. On the other hand, download speeds in the US drop from 9.3 Mbps to 7.2 Mbps.

What about its latency performance?

While Starlink highlights speed and latency, its performance for the latter also slows down. Median latency in the US has now fallen to 48ms from its previous result of 43ms.

It’s worth pointing out that latency numbers are better when they’re lower, unlike upload and download speeds.

Conveniently low latency provides less delay in transmitting information, according to Cisco. It should allow users to experience smoother online gaming performance and less lag on Zoom video calls.

Arstechnica notes in its report that Starlink’s site tells its customers that they can expect around 20-40ms of latency at best. So this goes to show that Ookla’s latest results go beyond what the satellite broadband service promises its users.

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here’s why

According to a report from PC Gamer, Ookla says Starlink’s slower speeds could be attributed to the service’s growing users. It seems that SpaceX’s network is congested in the United States, which reduces speed performance.

Elsewhere, SpaceX’s airspeed reached around 100 Mbps.

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