Internet satellite is making headlines worldwide, especially after the Starlink project and the planned acquisition of Inmarsat by Viasat. The famous Speedtest speed measurement platform has conducted satellite speed tests in 12 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada and France.
Speedtest revealed that US users of Starlink satellite internet will experience the same performance in Q3 2021 as Q1 2021. However, Starlink’s median download speed was 97.23 Mbps in Q2, and in in the third quarter of 2021, that download speed dropped to 87.25 Mbps. For HughesNet, the company revealed to have a speed of 19.30 Mbps which was 19.73 Mbps in the second quarter of 2021. Viasat placed third in the speed test with 18.75 Mbps, while in the second quarter 2021 it was 18.13 Mbps. SpeedTest found that the median download speed of all fixed broadband providers in the United States was 119.84 Mbps.
Starlink’s median download speed is 13.54 Mbps with Viasat in second place (2.96 Mbps and HughesNet in third place (2.54 Mbps). In the second quarter of 2021, Viasat’s median download speed was 3.38 Mbps, and for HughesNet it was 2.43 Mbps Interestingly, Starlink is the only satellite internet provider that uses satellites in low Earth orbit, while Viasat and HughesNet use higher “geosynchronous” orbits.
An online report explains: “Although there is approximately 100 Mbps between the county with the fastest median download speed (Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 146.58 Mbps) and the county with the slowest median download (Drummond Town, Michigan, 46.63 Mbps) Performance is different, even the low-end speed is well above the FCC’s baseline performance level with a download speed of at least 25 Mbps.
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