The new plans are:
- 1 TB Data Cap. $250/month plus $2,500 equipment costs.
- 2 TB Data Cap. $500/month plus $2,500 equipment costs.
- 6 TB Data Cap. $1,500/month plus $2,500 equipment costs.
Extra data now costs $0.50 per additional gigabyte.
Starlink promises faster speeds for businesses with the HP business antenna. This antenna has a 35% better field of view, is less sensitive to hot weather, handles rain better, and melts snow faster. The company now claims the following speeds on its website:
|Residential||20 – 100 Mbps||5-15 Mbps|
|Business||40 – 220 Mbps||8-25 Mbps|
|RV||5-50 Mbps||2-10 Mbps|
Interestingly, the speed claims above from the Starlink website are a lot slower than what was promised as recently as September 2022. For example, residential customers were told in 2022 that download speeds would be between 50 – 200 Mbps with upload speeds of 10 – 20 Mbps. Customers have been saying online that speeds are getting slower – something that has been validated by Ookla speed tests.
In the most recent FCC maps, Starlink claims speeds up to 350/40 Mbps. That matches the maximum speeds that Starlink promised to business customers in September 2022. We’ll have to see if the company drops the speeds claimed to the FCC now that it has dropped its maximum claimed speed down to 220/25 Mbps.
On May 9, Starlink notified customers that it would no longer deprioritize traffic after a customer hits the monthly data cap. Customers were being slowed to speeds as slow as 1 Mbps. Now, customers can sign-up to automatically be billed for excess data usage.
To some degree, the business offering is going to be a concern for some residential customers since business customers will get bandwidth priority. That might make a difference in neighborhoods with multiple business customers.
It will be interesting to see how Starlink performs over the long run. The company still has plans to add many thousands of satellites. But the company still has a waiting list of customers – and the company admits that it can get easily get oversubscribed in a neighborhood.
In 2021, Elon Musk said that he foresaw a future where Starlink could provide backhaul bandwidth to rural cell towers. That may still be coming in the future, but not with the current constellations. The speeds above are not nearly what a cell tower owner wants to buy. Even the most rural small cell site is going to want a steady 500 Mbps of bandwidth, with a more typical requirement of 1 Gbps. I would think that residential subscribers have to hope the company never sells to cell towers, or the coverage at peak times could suffer.
One reply on “Starlink’s New Business Broadband”
I Have the mobile Starlink for my van and can attest that speeds do vary from place to place across the US. However, I was really surprised (and happy) that while we were in Mexico, parked next to the Sea of Cortez we were consistently pulling 200/20 which is the best I have seen. typically I am pulling 75-100/10