A Multifaceted Look at Starlink Performance

Nitinder Mohan, Andrew E. Ferguson, Hendrik Cech, Rohan Bose, Prakita Rayyan Renatin, Mahesh K. Marina, Jörg Ott

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In recent years, Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) mega-constellations have ushered in a new era for ubiquitous Internet access. The Starlink network from SpaceX stands out as the only commercial LEO network with over 2M+ customers and more than 4000 operational satellites. In this paper, we conduct a first-of-its-kind extensive multi-faceted analysis of Starlink performance leveraging several measurement sources. First, based on 19.2M crowdsourced M-Lab speed tests from 34 countries since 2021, we analyze Starlink global performance relative to terrestrial cellular networks. Second, we examine Starlink’s ability to support real-time latency and bandwidth-critical applications by analyzing the performance of (i) Zoom conferencing, and (ii) Luna cloud gaming, comparing it to 5G and fiber. Third, we perform measurements from Starlink-enabled RIPE Atlas probes to shed light on the last-mile access and other factors affecting its performance. Finally, we conduct controlled experiments from Starlink dishes in two countries and analyze the impact of globally synchronized “15-second reconfiguration intervals” of the satellite links that cause substantial latency and throughput variations. Our unique analysis paints the most comprehensive picture of Starlink’s global and last-mile performance to date.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWWW '24: Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2024
PublisherACM
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jan 2024
EventWWW '24: The ACM Web Conference 2024 - Singapore
Duration: 13 May 202417 May 2024
https://www2024.thewebconf.org

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ConferenceWWW '24: The ACM Web Conference 2024
Period13/05/2417/05/24
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