SpaceX on Starlink tests: latency low enough for hardcore gamers

Space's ambitious Starlink internet satellite technology tests: 100Mbps bandwidth, latencies low enough for hardcore gamers.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Sep 4 2020 8:30 PM CDT

SpaceX has some big claims about its revolutionary satellite internet deployment, with Starlink satellites packing "super low latency and download speeds greater than 100 mbps".

Starlink consists of around 12,000 satellites orbiting in low orbit around the Earth, blasting super-fast internet down to the ground. A bunch of personal antennas on the ground are what you'd be connecting to, which is being touted a "UFO on a stick".

Kate Tice, the senior program reliability engineer at SpaceX, explains: "The Starlink team has been collecting latency statistics and performing standard speed tests of the system. This means that we're checking how fast data travels from the satellites to our customers, and then back to the rest of the internet. Initial results have been good".

Starlink testers have posted on Reddit with their results, saying that the beta test speeds right now were averaging around 11-60Mbps downlink connection. This isn't too bad, and while you can get far superior speeds throughout the US -- there are some that would kill to have 11-30Mbps from Starlink in rural America.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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