Starlink continues to demonstrate the true power of its satellite internet constellation during a series of download speed reports by European users. Not long ago, Starlink users were stunned as download speeds reached 300 Mbps. Now, in many rural areas, Starlink can reach download speeds of over 600 Mbps.
As reported by WCCFTech, Starlink satellites are well positioned above Germany and subscribers are seeing download speeds of up to 649 Mbps. Upload speeds aren’t nearly as fast, clocking in at around 200 Mbps.
Starlink reports its average download speed range from 25 to 220 Mbps, with most users seeing speeds over 100 Mbps. Upload speeds range between 5 and 20 Mbps.
Due to the popularity of the brand and the novelty of low Earth orbit satellite internet access, Starlink has varying reports of download speeds based on location. Areas with higher populations experience more congestion and slower download speeds compared to rural areas, though Starlink repeatedly outperforms traditional broadband speeds.
As SpaceX continues to launch new Starlink satellites, the constellation will grow to provide faster download speeds and more reliable connections around the globe. More satellites will fill gaps in the current constellation, expanding coverage with every successful launch.
Last week, SpaceX launched another round of Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. The Starlink constellation has deployed 4,698 satellites and more are scheduled to be launched throughout the rest of this year.
After the last two Starlink v1.5 launches coming up in July, the rest of 2023 will be dedicated to bringing newer satellite models to low Earth orbit. Starlink has another 50 or so launches scheduled for 2023 that will be carrying the Starlink v2 Mini satellites.
Of those launched already, over 3,900 are operational or heading to their designated orbit. SpaceX plans to grow the constellation to around 12,000 satellites within a few years, with a long-term goal of closer to 42,000 satellites.