Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet speeds suck reveals speed test results

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Leaked Ookla speed test results for Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet network show download speed of 30 to 50 Mbps and upload speed of 5 to 18 Mbps

Everything that Elon Musk does makes news and a lot of money for him. His SpaceX is in the process of creating the Starlink Satellite Internet by connecting thousands of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to create a massive Internet infrastructure. Musk had promised that the Starlink satellite Internet could bring the Internet to the remotest places on the Earth at “fiber-like” broadband speeds.

However, the early speed test results of Starlink are quite dismal. A Redditor has shared the screenshots of different Starlink ISP speed test results taken on the Ookla App. The speedtests were taken by beta users of Starlink in the USA  and show that the top speed attained is 50Mbps download which could count as “superfast internet,” but not “ultrafast internet” of 100Mbps+ speeds available on Fiber-optic FTTH networks.

Leaked Ookla speed test results for Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite network show download speed of 30 to 50 Mbps and upload speed of 5 to 18 Mbps

Even the upload speeds of the Starlink ISP are below average. On FTTH networks the upload speeds are often on the higher side of 100Mbps but Starlink Ookla results show an average upload speed of 5Mbps to 18Mbps,

Here are some of the Ookla speed test results for Starlink ISP.

The somewhat good thing to come out of the Ookla speed test results is low latency. The results show latency times averaging between 30-50ms. Elon Musk had promised a latency of 20ms when he had unveiled the Starlink project. This is the latency and speed I get through FTTH in Mumbai, India.

Leaked Ookla speed test results for Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite network show download speed of 30 to 50 Mbps and upload speed of 5 to 18 Mbps

Considering the money poured into Starlink satellite Internet by SpaceX, the results are drastically short of expectations. The company has already put 597 LEO satellites in orbit out of 12,000 it has got permission for. If Musk wants the FCC to subsidize his massive global Internet dream, he has to improve the Starlink ISP’s speeds drastically.

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