Enlarge / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the Satellite 01575879 Conference in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 9, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband will have latency low enough to support competitive online gaming and will generally be fast enough that customers won’t have to think about Internet speed, Elon Musk said at a conference yesterday. Despite that, the SpaceX CEO argued that Starlink won’t be a major threat to telcos because the satellite service won’t be good enough for high-population areas and will mostly be used by rural customers without access to fast broadband.
“It will be a pretty good experience because it’ll be very low latency,” Musk said in a Q&A session at the Satellite conference ( see video . “We’re targeting latency below 35 milliseconds, so somebody could play a fast- response video game at a competitive level, like that’s the threshold for the latency. “