Starlink is attracting more users than ever with its recent service extensions, but speeds could decline generally with increased usage for users of SpaceX’s satellite internet service.
Speeds for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service dipped slightly in the third quarter of the year, data compiled Wednesday by okla‘s speed tests.
In the United States and Canada, Starlink speeds fell by around 17% and 14%, respectively, from the second to the third quarters of this year. In Chile, speeds remained roughly the same from quarter to quarter.
okla analyzed the speeds of Starlink, HughesNet and Viasat to generate the data, in addition to looking at how Starlink performance has evolved in Canada, Chile and the United States.
Starlink internet reached 400,000 active users worldwide in the second quarter. Since then, speeds have largely dropped for satellite internet service in low Earth orbit. Starlink’s speeds still exceed those of Viasat and HughesNet in most countries where it’s been tested.
Despite the drop in speeds, the service is still getting positive attention, especially from US residents living in rural or remote areas who couldn’t reach those speeds with other providers. The fastest Starlink speeds in the US were seen in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Ookla also points out that “Starlink remains a boon to rural American consumers who can afford it,” noting that signups for the service have “proliferated across the United States,” with a 200% year-over-year increase. other in US counties. Counties designated as “non-metro” saw Starlink usage increase 300% year-over-year.