In the US, Starlink median download speeds improved roughly 38% from 65.72Mbps in Q1 2021 to 90.55Mbps in Q12022.
In Canada, Starlink download speeds leapt at 58% from 61.84Mbps to 97.40Mbp during the same time period.
However, Ookla’s speedtest showed that upload speeds in the US decreased by 33%, 16.29Mbps in Q1 2021 to 9.33Mbps in Q1 2022), and in Canada, it softened to at least 36% (16.69Mbps to 10.70Mbps) during the same time period.
Median latency on Starlink marginally increased from 40 ms to 43 ms in the US and from 51 ms to 55 ms in Canada during the past year.
Starlink in Australia was the fastest satellite provider in Oceania
Starlink was the fastest in Oceania, besting median download speeds than any other fixed broadband in Australia and New Zealand.
In Australia, Starlink recorded a download speed of 124.31Mbps, much faster than the fixed broadband at 50.87Mbps for download during Q1 2022.
New Zealand comes in much closer with a median speed of 118.70Mbps and fixed broadband at 116.83Mbps during Q1 2022.
New Zealand’s fixed broadband dominated for the fastest median upload speed in Oceania at 84.34Mbps during Q1 2022 while Australia’s fixed broadband fell far behind with an upload speed at 17.85Mbps.
Both speeds were still faster than Starlink’s median upload speeds in New Zealand and Australia (13.09Mbps and 11.71Mbps, respectively).
Fixed broadband also had a faster median latency than Starlink during Q1 2022, which clocked in at 47 ms in Australia and 78 ms in New Zealand.
Consumers are flocking to Starlink, but competitors are close behind
Ookla says Starlink’s low-earth orbit satellites (LEOs) provide a life-changing service for consumers in rural areas that might not otherwise have access to high-speed internet.
However, more companies are looking to compete with Starlink and launch their own LEO constellations, including Amazon’s Project Kuiper, which recently received FCC permission to test their own satellite service and is slated to launch later this year, and Viasat which is set to merge with Inmarsat and launch new constellations by 2023.
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 29 June 2022.