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Starlink speeds continue to fall in the US, Canada amid network congestion

2022-11-30 18:00 by


For the third quarter in a row, download speeds have dropped for SpaceX's Starlink system in the US and Canada, according to Ookla's data.

"Over the past year, as we've seen more users flock to sign up for Starlink (reaching 400,000 users worldwide during Q2 2022), speeds have started to decrease," wrote Ookla. Although the research company did say that "Starlink often can be a life-changing service for consumers where connectivity is inadequate or nonexistent."

In Q3, the median download rate for Starlink subscribers in the US fell to 53Mbps. For the second quarter of 2022, Starlink's median download speed in the U.S. was 62.5 Mbps, which was a decrease from the first quarter of the year, when the company's median download speed was 90.5 Mbps.

According to the Ookla report, though, Starlink's 53 Mbps speeds should be sufficient for most subscribers' needs and will be an improvement over existing broadband options in many rural areas.

Over the past year, Starlink has proliferated across the U.S., from having at least 10 unique users in 776 U.S. counties, or roughly 25% of all counties during Q2-Q3 2021 to 2,399 counties in Q2-Q3 2022, or roughly 75% of counties. That marks about a 200% increase year over year.

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