SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has today confirmed that download speeds for its SpaceX Starlink satellite internet service are expected to double by the end of this year, Tesla North is reporting.
At present, average download speeds offered by SpaceX Starlink are around 130-150 Mbps, with latency fluctuating widely around the 40 ms mark or so. But according to Musk, things are about to get much better by the end of this year.
“Speed will double to ~300Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20ms later this year,” Musk said on Twitter.
In response to a user asking for an active coverage map for Starlink on Twitter, Musk noted that Starlink’s coverage will cover “most of Earth” by the end of this year, and “all by next year,” in an exciting new update for future users of the satellite-based internet service provider (ISP).
Most of Earth by end of 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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
SpaceX is now offering anyone the ability to pre-order Starlink internet on a first-come, first-serve basis. By visiting Starlink.com and entering in your email address and address, the service now takes you to a pre-order page to plunk down a $129 CAD deposit.
Starlink hardware (satellite dish and router) costs $649 CAD, then there is a monthly $129 CAD service fee. Shipping and handling will cost $65 CAD extra.
Click here to pre-order Starlink internet on its website.