October 28, 2020

SPACE: SpaceX begins public beta testing of Starlink constellation at $99 a month. “The email is brief, first detailing what beta users can expect from the initial Starlink system. ‘Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system,’ the email reads. ‘There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.’ SpaceX claims in the email that latency and data speeds will improve as the company launches more satellites and installs more ground stations to receive signals from the satellites. The company also notes it will continue to update its networking software and expects latency to decrease to between 16ms and 19ms by 2021.”

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