Redditors are posting links to their Starlink internet Speedtest reports for SpaceX. Users unveiled Elon Musk‘s satellite-internet project’s speed data for the first time. Still, the results doesn’t seem ambitious enough.
On 15 August, r/Starlink subreddit users began posting links to the reports of their internet speed tests. They shared it via the Speedtest web portal.
Although this detail is unknown to Speedtest, users could share access to the data with others. This seems to break SpaceX’s nondisclosure arrangements with the platform.
Results on the r / Starlink subreddit shows download speeds varying from 35 to 60 megabits per second (Mbps). The upload speeds ranged from 5 to 18 Mbps. Pings also ranged from 20 to 94 miliseconds. Ping calculates the period that data goes from a user’s device to a server. The mother company of Speedtest, Ookla told Business Insider these findings “all seem real.”
“I’m honestly very impressed,” one user said. Also, another user said the data gave him too much optimism.
Meanwhile, another Redditor focused on the service provider’s latency instead of the strong speed figures. The results also exceeded another user’s expectations. Nevertheless, another consumer warned that Starlink’s latency could worsen if more users are connected to the provider.
Experts say Starlink results may not award SpaceX $16 billion
Although these findings arouse people who may not have connections to broadband networks, experts do not think so.
The figures aren’t extraordinary, according to a Business Insider survey. Although SpaceX is not positive news.
Musk’s organization has been seeking to collect a $16 billion Rural Digital Investment Fund (RDOF) portion of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Although the new figures are just 6 percent of the minimum 1 gigabyte per second FCC threshold, the internet is also significantly better than existing rural service providers. That may explain the various members of the subreddit who were surprised by the test results.
The FCC would compensate operators up to $ 16 billion and would be able to deliver the finest internet service at the lowest rate across certain regions. This is part of the two-phase program. Starlink aims to provide high-speed, low-latency web access in rural parts of America where there is no broadband service. The estimated service budget is $20.4 billion, and FCC needs minimum transmission rates of 25 Mbps and 3 Mbps upload, which will facilitate telecommuting, doing schoolwork, or watching 4 K content, among other items.
Is Starlink already earning enough from its service?
The program’s laws, however, stack the cards against satellite-based structures. A telecommunications policy expert Blair Levin said the Starlink “satellites earned little with the figures.” Levin is a former chief of staff at the FCC and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Experts may even have been demanding too much from Starlink ‘s network, also in its beta process.
Shrihari Pandit, Photonics engineer and CEO of Stealth Communications, also expressed his reservations about the findings. “I would think it’s meant to be a little higher than where it is,” Pandit said. He said the results might be “a few hundred megabits per second.”
Meanwhile, senior legislative counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ernesto Falcon, told Business Insider that “it’s not nice” to see these outcomes when bidding for FCC subsidies.