How fast is satellite internet?
Download speeds for satellite internet range from 12 Mbps to 100 Mbps, depending on the satellite provider. But keep in mind those are advertised speeds. The speeds you actually experience may be slower.
Is satellite internet fast?
Short answer: not really.
Long answer: satellite internet can be faster than dial-up and some DSL providers, but rarely is it faster than cable internet providers. And, of course, it depends on which satellite internet plan you pay for. For example, you can get up to 100 Mbps with a Viasat plan, but it’ll cost you. And you could get the same or similar speeds for less money via a cable or DSL provider.
Also, when Starlink launches, it might change how we think of satellite internet. If you’re to believe the hype, Starlink may offer both high speeds and low latency at lower prices than Viasat and HughesNet. However, we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on it to know if Starlink’s satellite internet service can truly deliver fast, affordable satellite internet.
When will Starlink satellite internet be available?
Starlink is currently in beta testing. In late 2020, Starlink’s public beta testing is scheduled to begin. According to current plans, people will be able to sign up for Starlink internet by the end of 2020 or early 2021, depending on where they live. People living in Canada and in northern parts of the US will have access to Starlink service sooner than people living further south. You can sign up on Starlink’s website to join the mailing list so you’ll know when Starlink internet will be available in your area.
Who has the fastest satellite internet?
Viasat currently offers the fastest satellite internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Is satellite internet as fast as cable internet?
Some satellite internet plans technically offer download speeds as fast as cable internet in some areas, but it likely wouldn’t seem faster because of satellite internet’s higher latency. Additionally, satellite speeds top out at 100 Mbps while cable speeds can reach up to 2,000 Mbps.
Don’t know what latency is? We explain here.
Is satellite internet good enough for streaming (e.g., Netflix)?
Yes, you can stream with satellite internet, but there are a lot of factors to consider before you do—especially data caps. With satellite internet, you’ll be picking a data plan as well as a speed, and your data plan can make a big difference in your speed. If you use too much data, your speeds will be slowed for the rest of the month, which can impact the ability to stream video.
Since streaming can be tricky on satellite, we wrote two guides to help you get the most out of your internet connection: Your Guide to Streaming with Satellite Internet and How to Stop Buffering When Streaming with Satellite Internet.