Starlink To Double Speeds in 2021
Elon Musk is not only promising to expand coverage of his Starlink satellite-based internet service, but he's teasing even better performance for later this year.
Musk used Twitter to communicate new expectations from Starlink, which continues to add satellites to its current fleet of 1,200 birds in low Earth orbit. On February 22nd, Musk said that by the end of the year, it will be able to increase its speed to 300 Mbps (double today's speeds) and drop latency to around 20 ms. Musk also talked about the company's plans to densify coverage to hit more of the globe. However, Musk continues to emphasize that Starlink's best application is in areas with low to medium population density.
Over 10,000 customers are now using Starlink. The service costs $99 a month, plus an initial equipment investment of $500. It's taking pre-orders in parts of the US, Canada, and the UK.
3/4/2021 09:40:23 am
That is high latency, but how is that measured ? On our GPON fiber access network, under 1 ms is common from the customer equipment to the gateway. From customer equipment to Google DNS in Chicago is ~12 ms. The Starlink 20 ms to the gateway would be painful for online games.
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