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Natalia Solovieva | 08/23/2020
The results of testing the quality of communication provided by the Starlink network were posted on a number of Network resources. The project was supposed to provide high-speed broadband access
the 5G standard to the World Wide Web of users all over the planet. Has the project achieved the declared indicators?
The Starlink satellite internet network is a project of SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk. As part of this project, SpaceX intends to provide high-speed broadband access
5G standard to the World Wide Web of users all over the planet, including those who live in hard-to-reach areas. The American businessman promised that the speed of his satellite
the Internet will be up to 1 Gbit / s with delays from 25 to 35 ms.
The first two experimental satellites for the global Internet project were launched into low-earth orbit in February 2018. In May 2019, the first batch of 60 workers was delivered into space
satellites of the Starlink system. Today, 653 satellites of the project are already in orbit of the Earth – in mid-August of this year, their 11th batch was launched. In total, according to the SpaceX project, on the Starlink network
42,000 satellites will operate, with all of them expected to be in orbit by the mid-2020s.
The first message via Starlink satellite internet was transmitted on October 21, 2019 – it was published personally by Elon Musk on
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Connecting to high-speed satellite 5G Internet in droves was supposed to begin with residents of the southern states of America – it was calculated that they would be able to access the project already in
At the end of June 2020, SpaceX opened a recruitment of beta testers for the project. The requirements for them contained a geographic restriction – they must all be located in the North of the United States or in
southern regions of Canada. Everyone wishing to participate in the tests received ground equipment from SpaceX to connect to the service, and also signed a non-disclosure agreement. Despite the agreement on
non-disclosure, screenshots of Starlink connection quality measurements made through the Speedtest online service began to appear on Reddit.
For example, a Seattle tester showed that the minimum signal latency was 21 ms, the maximum download speed reached 45.9 Mbps, and the maximum download speed was 10.1 Mbps.
A tester from Los Angeles reported a download speed of 17 Mbps, but also a fairly long signal latency of 94 ms.
The worst latency recorded hovered around 40ms with a maximum ping of 90ms.
On average, as experts state, in most of the test measurements carried out, ping “floats” in the range of 30-40 ms, and these results correspond to the average signal latency for all
traditional ISPs with fiber optic networks. True, the data transfer rate in the Starlink network is still very far from the one promised by Elon Musk – 20 times lower. True, the company itself
has repeatedly warned that at the stage of initial network testing, significant deviations from the specified targets are possible. The satellites that provide the Internet are still very
it is not enough, they are not able to ensure its stable operation, and the service itself requires improvement.
It is important that Starlink is working stably, and gives quite vigorous ping in the target area – in the north of the United States, experts cite the media. There are no negative feedbacks from beta testers on the stability of the connection
received. By the time the closed testing stage is completed, experts believe that the quality of communication will increase markedly, and Elon Musk’s service will compete with the largest land-based
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