How Fast is SpaceX's Satellite Internet? Beta Tests Show it Hitting Up to 60 Mbps

Col_Temp

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So while not blazing fast that is still running pretty fast!
Key is going to be what the actual throughput speed will be. Speedtest is all well and good but we have seen more than enough fast connections be mostly slow crawling when it got down to actually handling traffic.
 

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For a satellite internet service, I'm very impressed. Even without having the full Gb speeds, it's pretty darn good. Latency looks very acceptable for many things.

If it was sustainable and reliable, I'd be down for it. If I move out to the woods eventually, I'll need something like this. I'll be way out of the range of anything else.
 

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If it was sustainable and reliable, I'd be down for it. If I move out to the woods eventually, I'll need something like this. I'll be way out of the range of anything else.
I'm with Charter/Spectrum and they were able to get me 100/10. And I'm pretty remote.
 

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That's fast enough for basically any current single-user application, especially if the latency results hold. You could be streaming Netflix in 4k or competing in an FPS tournament while cruising in the middle of the Pacific on those speeds.

Bigger thing though is that this network by design provides global access. That's a big deal. I expect that the benefits to industries as well as governments and militaries to be significantly more pronounced... and some of those to remain undisclosed. And that last part being a significant contributor to what seems to be a pretty speedy rollout ;).
 
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That's fast enough for basically any current single-user application, especially if the latency results hold. You could be streaming Netflix in 4k or competing in an FPS tournament while cruising in the middle of the Pacific on those speeds.

Bigger thing though is that this network by design provides global access. That's a big deal. I expect that the benefits to industries as well as governments and militaries to be significantly more pronounced... and some of those to remain undisclosed. And that last part being a significant contributor to what seems to be a pretty speedy rollout ;).

Supposedly the latency is supposed to get considerably better!

Low latency is purported to be one of the key elements of the network. There was an article I read some time back that due to less hops they expect the network to be quicker to respond vs most traditional networks. Particularly, continent to continent was significantly fewer hops.
 

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Supposedly the latency is supposed to get considerably better!

Low latency is purported to be one of the key elements of the network. There was an article I read some time back that due to less hops they expect the network to be quicker to respond vs most traditional networks. Particularly, continent to continent was significantly fewer hops.
I've heard something similar. It would certainly be interesting for intercontinental gaming where your average global ping between highly-connected regions could drop from around 300ms today to less than 100ms.

I think that latency will be a bit variable depending on network load though. Base latency across the system may max out at say 50ms, but given the potential utility of the network and thus demand for bandwidth from organizations, I don't expect that to be a realistic result except at times of low utilization or explicit prioritization and so on.
 
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I've heard something similar. It would certainly be interesting for intercontinental gaming where your average global ping between highly-connected regions could drop from around 300ms today to less than 100ms.

I think that latency will be a bit variable depending on network load though. Base latency across the system may max out at say 50ms, but given the potential utility of the network and thus demand for bandwidth from organizations, I don't expect that to be a realistic result except at times of low utilization or explicit prioritization and so on.

I think that reduced latency as a whole would offer a better experience for everyone. I'd take less latency over throughput improvements all day long at this point.
 

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I think that reduced latency as a whole would offer a better experience for everyone. I'd take less latency over throughput improvements all day long at this point.
I don't really disagree, I'm mostly just commenting on the balance that they'll need to maintain between bandwidth and latency, and that said balance will be impacted by all of their various customers.
 
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