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Starlink beats HughesNet and Viasat in satellite internet speed


from Ookla Speedtest Intelligence Report compared the internet speed offered by satellite providers such as HughesNet, Starlink and Viasat during the second quarter of 2021.


Starlink was the only satellite internet provider in the United States with fixed broadband-like latency figures and median download speeds of 97.23 Mbps in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 65.72 Mbps in the first quarter 2021.

HughesNet was far second at 19.73 Mbps versus 15.07 Mbps in Q1 2021 and Viasat third at 18.13 Mbps versus 17.67 Mbps in Q1 2021.

HughesNet, Starlink, and Viasat do not offer 115.22 Mbps download speed provided by fixed broadband providers in the United States in Q2 2021.

Starlink’s download speed of 13.89 Mbps was closer to that of fixed broadband (17.18 Mbps in Q2 2021, 15.99 Mbps in Q1 2021). Viasat had the second fastest download speed among satellite providers at 3.38 Mbps (3.48 in Q1 2021). HughesNet was third (2.43 Mbps in Q1 and Q2 2021).


Viasat’s download speed of 60.30 Mbps in the second quarter of 2021 in Brazil was very close to the national average for fixed broadband of 61.38 Mbps. Viasat’s median download speed (1.05 Mbps) was much slower than that of fixed broadband (28.75 Mbps), and Viasat’s latency was much higher (613ms vs. 7ms).


Starlink’s download speed exceeded that of fixed broadband in Canada (86.92 Mbps vs. 84.24 Mbps), making Starlink a reasonable alternative to fixed broadband in Canada. Starlink’s download speed was slower than fixed broadband (13.63 Mbps vs. 17.76 Mbps).


At 15.43 Mbps, HughesNet’s download speed in Chile in the second quarter of 2021 was not fast, especially compared to the country’s fixed broadband average of 111.94 Mbps. Download speeds also showed a large gap (3.23 Mbps for HughesNet to 39.48 Mbps on fixed broadband).


Fixed broadband speeds in Colombia are slower than in the other countries studied. HughesNet posted a download speed of 9.28 Mbps, compared to 35.90 Mbps in Colombia for fixed broadband. The download speed was also slower with the satellite ISP (3.03 Mbps) than the fixed broadband (8.56 Mbps), and the latency was much higher on the satellite (799 ms versus 17 ms).


Satellite Internet users in France recorded Starlink’s fastest median download speeds of any surveyed country during the second quarter of 2021. At 139.39 Mbps, Starlink’s download speed exceeded the national average for fixed broadband of 70.81 Mbps. Starlink’s download speed at 29.35 Mbps was slower than the fixed broadband average.


Starlink’s upload and download speeds were much faster than national averages for fixed broadband in Q2 2021.


Mexico has options when it comes to satellite internet, and the faster of the two options appears to be Viasat, for now. With a download speed of 13.95 Mbps in Mexico, Viasat was faster than HughesNet (11.92 Mbps) but slower than the country average for fixed broadband (29.99 Mbps).

Median download speed told a similar story, although HughesNet was slightly faster than Viasat (3.25 Mbps vs. 2.01 Mbps). While Viasat’s latency was high (672ms vs. 13ms for fixed broadband), it was lower than HughesNet’s (714ms).

New Zealand

Starlink’s download speed was much faster than New Zealand’s average fixed broadband download speed in Q2 2021 (127.02 Mbps vs. 78.85 Mbps), and download speeds were nearly identical (23.61 Mbps against 23.51 Mbps).


Starlink showed a much faster median download speed in the UK in the second quarter of 2021 (108.30 Mbps) than the country average for fixed broadband (50.14 Mbps). Starlink’s download speed was also slightly faster (15.64 Mbps vs. 14.76 Mbps).


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