According to a tweet by Elon Musk, Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based internet provider will double its internet speed by “later this year”. Elon Musk posted this as a reply to someone who had just received their Starlink beta kit. Currently, the company promises speeds between 50 to 150 Mbps. In the tweet post, Musk specified 300 Mbps by this year.
Technically, 300 Mbps is not an unheard speed but it is obviously faster than what most people currently have access to, especially in the low to medium population density areas. Musk talked about this in his second tweet.
In the reply, Elon Musk tells the person that their latency should improve to around 20 milliseconds. In the speed test screenshots, their latency was 34 and 44 milliseconds. Starlink’s official website says to expect a speed between 20 and 40 milliseconds during the beta.
In the 1st post, Musk tweeted “Speed will double to ~300 Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20 ms later this year.” And in the second post, he tweeted, “Most of Earth by end of the year, all by next year, then it’s about densifying coverage. Important to note that cellular will always have the advantage in dense urban areas. Satellites are best for low to medium population density areas.”
To be honest, the speed increase and latency improvements should come as a nice surprise to anyone who put down a $100 Starlink pre-order. On contrary, it is well known that Elon’s promises about the future should be taken with a grain of salt especially if they’re about timelines. With respect to this, it still seems that SpaceX is looking to speed up Starlink.