SpaceX Now Touts 10,000 Starlink Users As Its Satellite Internet Constellation Rapidly Expands
The filing explains that “Starlink’s performance is not theoretical or experimental,” as it has “successfully demonstrated it can surpass the Commission’s 'Above Baseline' and 'Low Latency' performance tiers.” This means that the service meets or exceeds 100Mbps down and 20 Mbps up, with 95% of network traffic having a round-trip latency at or below 31ms. These metrics should also continue to improve as SpaceX averages two Starlink launches per month, which adds “significant on-orbit capacity alongside activation of additional gateways to improve performance and expand service coverage areas across the country.”
Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit – mission from pad 39A on deck pic.twitter.com/71cuCBgPNX— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 4, 2021
Now that Starlink could become a proper telecommunications carrier, we will likely see more exciting news coming from the company. Increased growth and customer base are on the horizon, and the performance metrics reported put Starlink as a direct competitor to most ISPs in the U.S. Perhaps this will force companies to improve existing infrastructure so our internet connections can compete with other countries. All-in-all, it is an exciting time for both Starlink fans and anyone with an internet connection at large.