SpaceX Starlink Internet Speed Test in Germany Nears 300 Mbps Download

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Just a few months after SpaceX’s Starlink launched in Germany, user speeds are beginning to make their way around the internet, and one user has onlookers impressed, despite taking place in rural Germany.

A new speed test from one user of SpaceX’s Starlink in Germany has surfaced on Reddit, depicting an impressive download speed of 280 Mbps. The user shared that the coordinates for the test took place near 49° 56‘ 32.39“ N 7° 15‘ 30.60“ E, and that they live in a very rural part of Germany – since remote locations are where Starlink is supposed to have the greatest impact, according to SpaceX head Elon Musk.

In addition, the test displayed an upload speed of 34.5 Mbps, with a ping of only 33 ms. The news comes as Starlink’s orbital satellite constellation continues to grow, with SpaceX expecting global Starlink coverage to happen around September. Still, the constellation is not expected to be completed until the end of 2022, according to earlier statements from SpaceX.

The German government has also discussed subsidizing Starlink’s hardware for rural residents, so they would only need to pay the monthly fee.

While Germany is receiving impressive speeds in the service’s infancy within the country, the low-Earth orbit satellite internet service announced earlier this month that Starlink has almost 90,000 users in 12 different countries.