Starlink to launch in country with one of the world’s worst internet connections


SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet will soon launch in the Philippines, where internet speeds are among the worst in the world.

The Southeast Asian country ranks 92nd for fixed broadband and 83rd for mobile internet speeds, according to the Speedtest Global Index, with download speeds averaging between 26 Mbps and 38Mbps.

Starlink internet speeds currently range between 50Mbps and 150Mbps but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has promised speeds will double to 300Mbps “later this year” as the network grows.

There are currently more than 1,200 Starlink satellites in operation, forming a constellation that beams high-speed broadband down to Earth.

Coverage is limited to the US, UK, Canada, Germany and New Zealand, though Mr Musk said last month that it would extend to “most of Earth by end of year, all by next year”.


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