Starlink’s first client, SpaceX’s satellite internet service, claims to receive speeds of 339 Mbps compared to the 10 Mbps that came with its 4G connection.
Starlink, SpaceX’s solution to offer broadband internet in different areas of the world through satellites, began to be operational in Spain at the beginning of January. At the moment, only for those customers who previously booked the service. This is the case of @wixens, a registered Broadband user who can boast of being one of the first clients of Elon Musk’s internet service in Spain, and who claims to have experienced a significant connection improvement compared to his previous contracted internet plan.
People resides in a mountainous area in the interior between the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona. In that place, the only way to have an internet connection is through a 4G mobile network with a maximum speed of 10 Mbps. Not enough bandwidth to, for example, watch streaming content normally. That is why he decided to register in advance for the Starlink program, which has a reservation price of 99 euros. When the company announced the availability in Spain, it confirmed its subscription and purchased the pack that includes the antenna and the router. Remember this, costs 499 euros.
After receiving the equipment, the client installed the necessary antenna to be able to receive the internet signal on the roof of his house. He used, yes, a custom-made mast to provide the dish with a correct connection with the satellites. Later, through the Starlink application, he carried out a speed test that concluded with unexpected results.
The app, in particular, showed a download speed of 339 Mbps and 59 Mbps upload. It also had a latency of 19ms. This is more than what Starlink promises, which claims on its website that it is possible to obtain speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps. And, of course, it is also a much higher speed than the 10 Mbps that your 4G connection provided.
Another Starlink client, from an area without fiber or ADSL 4 km from Barcelona, seems to have obtained similar results, with a download speed of 348 Mbps and an upload speed of 46.76 Mbps, as shown in a screenshot of SpeedTest.