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Results of public beta testing of SpaceX’s Starlink, which provides global internet coverage from space are out. Users who took the test have confirmed blazingly fast results. To take the beta test, users had to purchase the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and along with an additional monthly fee of $99 for services.
One of the users, who took the test, posted on Reddit that he got the streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering on YouTube. He wrote, “Latency averages about 34ms, I’m seeing some jitter increase when obstacles are in the path. It’s on the roof with the ridgeline mount. I have a couple of trees in the way, but getting steady high speeds. Noticed a couple of interruptions, probably from satellite transitions, but almost 100% steady since initial setup.
I actually uploaded this post using Starlink.”
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Starlink, the satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has moved into public beta.
The technology uses a cluster of satellites, in orbit around the Earth, to deliver internet connections to users.
In an apparent email sent to beta testers, shared on Reddit, the “Better Than Nothing Beta” is an attempt to “lower [the] initial expectations” of prospective users.
“Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months”, the email reads.
“There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all”.
“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically
“For latency, we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021”.
Issues of internet speed have dogged Starlink for months. In August 2020, Starlink tests conducted by Ookla