Elon Musk, the Man Who Almost Never Meets Deadlines, Says Starlink Will Come Out of Beta Phase Next Month

Elon Musk Says Starlink Will Come Out of Beta Phase Next Month

As usual, Musk’s tweet managed to drum up anticipation for Starlink, a much-needed service for those living in remote areas, which has reached some impressive milestones in recent weeks.

In early August, Starlink made headlines when Ookla internet speed tests demonstrated it was far faster than the leading alternative satellite internet options offered by HughesNet and Viasat in the U.S. Starlink almost performed as well as fixed broadband in upload and download tests. It was also the only provider with a median latency similar to that of fixed broadband.

Ookla pointed out that Starlink’s median download speeds in America were 97.23 Mbps during Q2 2021, which were “fast enough to handle most of the needs of modern online life.” In comparison, HughesNet offered speeds of 19.73 Mbps, while Viasat offered speeds of 18.13 Mbps in the same period. Starlink did not reach the median download speed offered by all fixed broadband providers, or 115.22 Mbps, but hey, it didn’t have a bad showing.


In addition, in late August Musk revealed that Starlink had shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals—which cost $499, not including the $99 monthly fee for the actual internet—to 14 countries. The announcement implied that the satellite internet service had gained 10,000 users in less than a month.

Overall, the only way of confirming that Starlink will exit its beta phase is to wait and see. We’re skeptical, but maybe Musk will prove us wrong.


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