Starlink is the leader in satellite internet speed in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2021, according to Ookla.
Satellite Internet is becoming a viable substitute for fixed broadband service. Starlink, Viasat, HughesNet and other satellite providers all place big bets on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.
Starlink recently introduced a new premium service with expected speeds of around 150-500 Mbps.
Starlink’s download speed increased from 87.25 Mbps in Q3 2021 to 104.97 Mbps in Q4 202. Viasat overtook HughesNet to trail Starlink at 21.81 Mbps against HughesNet at 20.92 Mbps. SES is far behind at 2.19 Mbps.
By comparison, the download speed of all fixed broadband providers increased moderately in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2021, from 119.84 Mbps in the third quarter of 2021 to 131.30 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2021 .
Starlink saw a slight decrease in download speed from 13.54 Mbps in Q3 2021 to 12.04 Mbps in Q4 2021. Download speed for all fixed broadband increased to 19.49 Mbps in Q4 2021 from 18 .03 Mbps in Q3 2021. Viasat followed at 2.88 Mbps (2.96 Mbps in Q3 2021), then HughesNet at 2.54 Mbps (2.13 Mbps in Q3 2021), and SES at 1.19 Mbps.