From PC Maag: Download speeds for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet system are seeing a sharp drop for users in the US and Canada, according to Ookla’s Speedtest data.
During Q2—April to June—the median download rate for US-based Starlink users settled in at 62.53Mbps, a decrease from 90.55Mbps in Q1. Upload speeds also experienced a decline, reaching only 7.24Mbps, down from 9.33Mbps.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the median download speeds came in at 75.73Mbps, a drop from 97.40Mbps, according to Ookla’s report, which is based on data from Speedtest.net, a site anyone can use to check the speed of their internet connection.
Ookla blames the falling speeds on Starlink’s popularity. Hundreds of thousands of customers have signed up for SpaceX’s satellite internet service, which can deliver high-speed broadband to rural areas stuck with poor broadband service. However, the system’s soaring popularity means that SpaceX’s network capacity is currently stretched in many areas across North America, resulting in slower speeds in cells already full of existing subscribers.
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