Starlink Satellite Internet Performance Flattens in Canada in Q3 2021
Ookla has just published its analysis of the network performance of Starlink and other satellite internet providers in Canada based on Q3 2021 data from Speedtest, and it appears that Starlink’s performance has been relatively flat during the period.
While the latest Speedtest data found Starlink to be faster than overall fixed broadband in 5 Canadian provinces, Starlink’s median download speed decreased slightly to 84.55 Mbps in Q3 2021, whereas the overall fixed broadband speed increased to 90.67 Mbps.
Starlink’s median upload speed was also slower than fixed broadband i.e. 13.87 Mbps vs. 20.67 Mbps. Latency on Starlink was much higher as well (56 ms vs. 12 ms). This is said to be expected as additional users are added to the system.
Starlink’s Q3 2021 median download speed was faster than the median for all fixed broadband in five provinces: Manitoba (81.04 Mbps vs. 65.91 Mbps), Nova Scotia (109.60 Mbps vs. 99.82 Mbps), Prince Edward Island (118.02 Mbps vs. 46.86 Mbps), Quebec (92.59 Mbps vs. 72.07 Mbps) and Saskatchewan (97.67 Mbps vs. 57.59 Mbps).
The report, however, highlighted that Starlink is still a viable alternative to fixed broadband in Canada, especially for consumers without access to other options.