Specifically, a Reddit user residing in Kassel (Germany) has published on Reddit a speed test with a spectacular figure of 560 Mbps downstream, with a more modest speed of 38.78 Mbps upload. The user published three tests, in which the latency was 9, 10 and 13 ms, a spectacular figure and even better than that achieved in fiber optics in some areas of southern Spain with respect to servers located in Madrid, although Starlink’s latency is probably somewhat more unstable.
560 Mbps downstream – fiber throughput
Also, the test user was only 50 km from data center where I was doing the latency test with the satellite right above it. The theoretical minimum achievable latency is 7.3 ms, so 9 ms it is practically close to the ideal.
Reaching these speeds depends on several factors, where the weather influences, the number of users connected in the area, the location of the satellite to which we are connected, if there is an Earth base station nearby, etc. However, it is really curious that it has managed to triple the speed with respect to what could be achieved until now.
The agreement with Google is beginning to be noticed
The second generation of Starlink satellites will seek to reduce as much as possible the number of base stations needed to communicate with the Earth, since the satellites can communicate with each other Through the use of To be. This is useful in very isolated areas, such as Alaska. In addition, on the ground, Starlink has signed an agreement with Google to use its data centers as ground stations, as well as to use its private fiber optic network to connect data centers, reducing latency and being able to take advantage of the large capacity with which it Google account.
In fact, in the user test, the connections seem to come from Google, which is quite curious since the tests were done before the announcement, which shows that Starlink takes a while deploying its antennas and base stations in Google data centers.
Thus, if we add Google’s data centers and the laser connection between satellites to reach the destination, we have to reach speeds of 1 Gbps because satellite Internet is getting closer and closer, where two years ago it sounded like science fiction.
Some users are even starting to get creative, hiring two Starlink connections at the same time to get twice the speed. One of them claims to have reached 890 Mbps with 54 ms latency. Another user, in Frankfurt, published a speed test with 522 Mbps, so it seems that Germany is where the service currently works best.