Starlink Study Reveals Mind-Boggling Facts About Service Outages


By Ramish Zafar

Aug 21, 2021

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet constellation was the center of a detailed study last month, conducted by the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. The study covers several areas of Starlink’s performance, such as its download speeds, latency and the ability to stream video continuously. Its results reveal that the internet service delivers an average download speed of 170 Mbps and a top download speed of 330 Mbps. Additionally, Starlink also demonstrates latencies as high as two seconds and dipping below 30 milliseconds reveals Carinthia’s ROADMAP 5G research group, which aims to study emerging technologies in the era of fifth-generation (5G) cellular internet connectivity.

Starlink Is Capable Of Working Outside Regions Covered By Dish And In Areas With Late Availability

For their study, the researchers connected a notebook to a Starlink router through a Gigabit-capable switch. They then ran their tests for the internet service’s download and upload speeds, latencies, downtime, video streaming, dish power consumption and the time the user terminal spends connected to the satellites.


Finally, the researchers could also connect to the Internet with Starlink in areas outside of the service’s coverage map. This included coverage in one area where availability is scheduled for 2022 and others where it is possible to order a user terminal now.

With only a limited number of Starlink satellites being deployed so far, the results of the study, which was conducted last month, are far from being set in stone. SpaceX has several plans for its satellites, including second-generation spacecraft that are capable of using lasers for communicating with each other, as it plans to aggressively build its constellation of thousands of satellites within the next few years.

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