Results of public beta testing of SpaceX’s Starlink, which provides global internet coverage from space are out. Users who took the test have confirmed blazingly fast results. To take the beta test, users had to purchase the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and along with an additional monthly fee of $99 for services.
One of the users, who took the test, posted on Reddit that he got the streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering on YouTube. He wrote, “Latency averages about 34ms, I’m seeing some jitter increase when obstacles are in the path. It’s on the roof with the ridgeline mount. I have a couple of trees in the way, but getting steady at high speeds. Noticed a couple of interruptions, probably from satellite transitions, but almost 100% steady since the initial setup.
“As a few different people are looking for details on this, interruptions are about ten to fifteen seconds and seem to happen every few minutes. I haven’t noticed enough repetition to determine, but I’m suspecting it may be when the satellite goes behind the few trees inside the obstruction area rather than satellite handoffs. The app claims Starlink has not been obstructed recently, though, so I’m uncertain,” it added.
Starlink had earlier sent invites to people who had signed for the beta program. A user on Reddit had shared the key points Starlink had mentioned about its Internet plan. As per the post on Reddit, the program called Better Than Nothing Beta offered estimated speeds between 50mbps to 150mbps, estimated latency 20ms to 40ms. The phased array antenna and the router would cost a user $499 while the monthly subscription would cost around $99.