SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellite network is rapidly expanding service coverage globally. The company already provides internet service to over 140,000 users across 20 countries, including: rural regions located in: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. Service became available in Italy around a month ago and users have been sharing their internet service experience via social media.
A Starlink user living in Northern Italy shared they are experiencing high-speed internet access with download speeds of 272Mbps (megabits per second), upload of 32.6Mbps, and latency of 41ms (milliseconds). They shared a screenshot of their internet speed test via Reddit, pictured below.
Source: Reddit user mister-_-robot
Another Starlink user who resides in Italy shared a list of speed tests via Twitter, they performed multiple online speed tests on the same day in October and the network provided download speeds ranging between 252Mbps to 340Mbps –that’s fast! The network’s performance is surpassing the speeds the company tells users to expect. Initially, SpaceX told its beta service customers earlier this year that the network would generate download speeds between 50Mbps to 150Mbps. Then the company launched more internet-beaming satellites to Low Earth Orbit that enabled it to increase the network’s capabilities. Today, SpaceX says the Starlink broadband constellation is capable of beaming high-speed internet with download speeds varying between 100Mbps and 200Mbps. Some users are seeing much faster speeds than what the company currently promotes on the Starlink.com website.
This is happening in Italy by Starlink pic.twitter.com/zmtZk9UP9n— MR.Robot 🕙 🇪🇺🇺🇸🇷🇺 (@stefano4tweet) November 7, 2021
“I am finally using Starlink and I moved from 20Mbps of the most popular Internet provider in Italy to a stunning ~260Mbps. Bye Bye old provider…” a Twitter user shared with a speed test screenshot that showed impressive internet service connection. The company aims to decrease latency to 20ms next year, as well as expand their service coverage to more regions globally.
I am finally using #starlink and I moved from 20Mbps of the most popular Internet provider in Italy to a stunning ~260Mbps. Bye Bye old provider... https://t.co/6nurnkYAKv #speedtest pic.twitter.com/haFH4WlmlE— Luca Cipriani (@mastrolinux) October 26, 2021
Other Italian Starlink users thanked the founder of SpaceX for bringing satellite internet access to the country. –“I live in Italy, in the mountains, due to the slow internet connection I thought I had to close my business, now, thanks to Starlink SpaceX Elon Musk I can work like everyone else. THANK YOU,” they Tweeted alongside a photograph of their Starlink Dishy McFlatface antenna. This month, SpaceX released a new antenna unit that is rectangular, read more in the previous TESMANIAN article: SpaceX Releases A New Starlink Antenna & Wi-Fi Router To Connect To The Satellite Broadband Internet Network
I live in Italy, in the mountains, due to the slow internet connection I thought I had to close my business, now, thanks to #starlink #SpaceX @elonmusk I can work like everyone else. THANK YOU pic.twitter.com/f4kJYgPwS8— lucagfc (@lucagfc) November 18, 2021
“Thanks SpaceX Starlink & Elon Musk for giving us Broadband Stable internet somewhere in a remote area in Italy!!! Connection is so stable that I can hold uninterrupted video calls and manage also online gaming!!! We have no cell signal here but now have cool space internet!!!” another Starlink user shared via Twitter.
Thanks #SpaceX #starlink & #ElonMusk for giving us Broadband Stable internet somewhere in a remote area in #Italy!!! Connection is so stable that I can hold uninterrupted video calls and manage also online gaming!!! We have no cell signal here but now have cool space internet!!! pic.twitter.com/pQr83nooax— Ian Baldacchino (@Warvenger) November 1, 2021
About the Author
Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo
Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.