The speed of the Starlink satellite Internet, developed by the American company SpaceX, is falling due to the increase in the number of subscribers, according to an analysis of statistics published by the service for measuring the speed of Internet connections Ookla.
Ookla’s second quarter report includes the results of Internet access speed measurements in Europe, Oceania, and North and South America. The researchers also compared the annual dynamics of indicators in Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States.
In the second quarter of this year, Starlink speeds fell across the board compared to the same period last year, with declines ranging from 9% to 54%. Ookla attributes this to the growth of its subscriber base.
The average download speed from Starlink is over 60 Mbps in North America. Starlink’s results in Puerto Rico (112.22 Mbps) were a record high for all satellite providers in North America.
In 16 European countries, Starlink’s speed in the second quarter was above the average for local fixed access providers; in 10 European countries it is over 100 Mbps.
In Greece and Austria, the Starlink outbound channel outperforms the cable operators’ speeds – 19.34 Mbps versus 17.14 Mbps, respectively; in Portugal, Starlink’s outgoing channel is the fastest (28.52 Mbps) and a record for all satellite providers in Europe. The lowest Starlink latencies were seen in Spain and the UK: 37ms and 39ms respectively.
There is also room for records in South America. Elon Musk’s company became the fastest satellite provider in Brazil (128.38 Mbps) and took second place in Chile (94.79 Mbps). In the same countries, the service showed the smallest delay in the entire region – 38 ms.
New Zealand’s Starlink is the fastest satellite provider in Oceania, where the average download speed reached 105.99 Mbps. And in Tonga, the satellite operator beat cable providers with 45.25 Mbps to 22.32 Mbps. Latency is 49 ms in Australia, 78 ms in New Zealand and 98 ms in Tonga.
Researchers predict that next year the speed of Starlink access will fall further, and one of the reasons for this, according to Ookla, is the expansion of satellite communications in the mobile market – the number of subscribers and connection speed are inversely proportional.