There Starlink’s internet speed is continuously declining in the United States, hand in hand with the growth of active users. For this reason, Elon Musk’s company is forced to take the appropriate countermeasures to put a patch on.
How explained by ArsTechnicathis week Starlink got the green light from the Federal Communications Commission to launch another 7,500 satelliteswhich will launch the second generation constellation which in the long term will have the aim of providing the broadband network with greater speed.
Overall, Starlink has requested permission to launch 29,988 satellites into low Earth orbit, but the FCC only partially granted the request. “In particular, we grant SpaceX the authority to launch, deploy and operate up to 7,500 satellites operating at altitudes of 525, 530 and 535 km and inclinations of 53, 43 and 33 degrees, respectively, using the Ku- and Ka-band frequencies”, reads the statement released by the FCC, which has postponed a decision on the rest of the satellites. “To address concerns about orbital debris and space safety, we are limiting this clearance to just 7,500 satellites, operating at certain altitudes”, continues the FCC that this approval “will allow SpaceX to begin deployment of Gen2 Starlink, which will bring next-generation satellite broadband to Americans nationwide, including those who live and work in areas traditionally under- or under-served by Earth-based systems.”.
According to the data, the Starlink’s average download speed has dropped to 53 Mbps in Q3 2022, up from 105Mbps in Q4 2021. Starlink’s average upload speed in the US dropped from 12 Mbps to 7.2 Mbps from Q4 2021 to Q3 2022. Average latency increased from 40 ms to 67 ms in the same amount of time.
Over the past few days, we have also talked about how Starlink prices in Ukraine have doubled.