INTERNET-ONLY SUBS, POWER USERS FUEL NEW BROADBAND HIGHS

OpenVault Q1 2019 OVBI report shows impact of video-Internet bundle decline

Hoboken, NJ; May 22, 2019 – Driven in part by the rise in Internet-only subscribers and an increasing number of “power users,” overall broadband usage continued to grow rapidly in the first quarter of 2019, according to a report issued today by OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators.

The OpenVault Broadband Industry (OVBI) report, a quarterly report that reflects broadband usage based on the aggregate consumption of millions of subscribers, shows that overall average monthly usage reached a new high of 273.5GB in Q1 of 2019.  This represents a year-over-year increase of 27% over the Q1 2018 monthly average of 215.4 GB.

In addition, the report highlights how in Q1:

  • Internet-only subscribers consumed 395.7 GB, more than 120 GB more than the average subscriber and almost double the 209.5 GB consumed by households that purchase a bundle of video and Internet services.
  • The percentage of power users, defined as subscribers who consume 1TB or more of data per month, doubled to 4.2% of all subscribers in Q1 2019 from 2.1% in Q1 2018; during the same period, the “power users of the future” – the number of subscribers exceeding 2 TB per month – more than doubled to 0.38% in Q1 2019 from 0.16%.
  • Differences in the percentage of power users are sharply pronounced between Internet-only subscribers and households that take video-Internet bundles.  Power users of 1TB or more account for 6.5% of all Internet-only subscribers, vs. 2.2% for subscribers who take a bundle of video and Internet services, while median usages is 294.5 GB for Internet-only subscribers vs. 93.8 GB for bundled households.

The OVBI report also shows vast differences between operators who employ Flat-Rate Billing and those who leverage Usage-Based Billing. In flat-rate billing systems, the percentage of power users is 32% greater than in usage-based billing systems, and the percentage of subscribers using more than 2 TB is 76% greater.

The entire report is available at https://www.telecompetitor.com/clients/openvault/LP/index.html.

“As more and more households opt out of service providers’ service bundles, operators are facing significantly increased demand for broadband capacity,” said Josh Barstow, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for OpenVault. “It’s in the best interest of the industry to use existing tools to ensure that subscribers are provisioned for the appropriate levels of service, and to consider Usage-Based Billing as a bandwidth-management tool.”

At ANGA COM June 4-6 in Cologne, Germany, OpenVault will exhibit its analytics and technology solutions at Stand 7.H9.  In addition, Mark Trudeau, CEO and founder of OpenVault, will deliver a presentation entitled “Converting Network Data into Business Opportunities” on Tuesday, June 4 (1 PM CET) as part of the ANGA COM Technology agenda.

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

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OPENVAULT: BROAD-BASED BROADBAND USAGE ACCELERATION ACROSS EUROPE AND US IN 2018; 1TB ‘POWER USERS’ DOUBLE

Amazon registers major growth within US connected device footprint

 

Hoboken, NJ; January 22, 2019 – Broadband usage in Europe and the United States continued to accelerate at similar paces throughout 2018 and Amazon made substantial year-end inroads into consumers’ device ecosystems, according to OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators.

According to OpenVault, both average and median data usage for 2018 increased when compared with both 2017 statistics. Importantly, the rate of growth for median usage continued to far exceed the growth rate for average usage, indicating that consumption is growing across service providers’ entire subscriber bases, rather than only among heavy users.

OpenVault’s year end 2018 data showed that:

  • Average Usage is up 33.3% – In Europe, average usage for all households was 168.2GB/HH in 2018, up from 126.2GB/HH at YE 2017, while US average usage in 2018 was 268.7GB/HH vs. 201.6GB/HH at YE 2017.  
  • Median Usage rises >40% – European media usage was 103.94GB/HH in 2018, as compared to 73.53GB/HH for YE 2017; US median usage was 145.2GB/HH in 2018, vs. 103.6GB/HH at YE 2017.
  • Power Users are doubling – The percentage of European power users – defined as those households using 1TB or more – more than doubled, to 0.7% of all subscribers in 2018 from .3% of all subscribers in 2017.  In the US, the percentage of power users almost doubled in 2018, rising to 4.12% of all households from 2.11% in 2017.

OpenVault’s 2018 data also shows that average usage for households with flat-rate pricing was 282.1GB/HH, more than 9% higher than the 258.2GB/HH average usage for households on usage-based billing (UBB) plans.  The percentage of flat-rate (non-UBB) households exceeding 1TB of usage was 4.82%, a full percentage point higher than the 3.81% of UBB households who exceeded the 1B threshold.

“As connected devices, streaming services and broadband speeds increase, service providers need an alternative to infrastructure upgrades that would enable them to keep up with demand,” said Josh Barstow, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for OpenVault. “Our analysis makes it clear that usage-based billing is among the most effective tools the industry has in managing consumption and reducing the need for massive capital expenditures.”

In addition to analyzing trends in broadband consumption, OpenVault also tracked expansion within the consumer device landscape in the United States, observing a 5.3% increase in connected devices when comparing the week after Christmas with the week before Christmas. While Amazon, Samsung and Apple collectively accounted for the majority of the growth, the 15.6% rate of increase for Amazon devices was significantly higher than the rates of growth for Samsung (4.1%) and Apple (2.9%).

“Clearly, the substantial increase observed during the holiday season in the number of devices per household contributed to the data consumption usage growth we are seeing,” said Tony Costa, executive vice president and CTO of OpenVault. “Although Apple remains the dominant manufacturer in terms of total devices connected per household, Amazon is gaining market share in the race to own the household connected device environment.”

 

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

 

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OPENVAULT: BROAD-BASED BROADBAND USAGE ACCELERATION IN 2018; 1TB ‘POWER USERS’ DOUBLE TO 4.12% OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS

Amazon registers major growth within connected device footprint

 

Hoboken, NJ; January 22, 2019 – Broadband usage in the United States continued to accelerate across all market categories throughout 2018 and Amazon made substantial year-end inroads into consumers’ device ecosystems, according to OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators.

According to OpenVault, both average and median data usage for year end 2018 increased when compared with year end 2017 statistics. Importantly, the rate of growth for median usage continued to far exceed the growth rate for average usage, indicating that consumption is growing across service providers’ entire subscriber bases, rather than only among heavy users.

OpenVault’s year end 2018 data showed that:

  • Average usage for all households was 268.7GB/HH in 2018, up from 226.4GB/HH at the end of June 2018 and a 33.3% increase over the YE 2017 average of 201.6GB/HH.
  • Median usage was 145.2GB/HH in 2018, up from 116.4GB/HH in June 2018 and a 40% increase over the YE 2017 median of 103.6GB/HH.
  • The percentage of power users – defined as those households using 1TB or more – almost doubled in 2018, rising to 4.12% of all households from 2.11% in 2017, while the percentage of households exceeding 250GB rose to 36.4% from 28.4% during the same timespan.

OpenVault’s 2018 data also shows that average usage for households with flat-rate pricing was 282.1GB/HH, more than 9% higher than the 258.2GB/HH average usage for households on usage-based billing (UBB) plans.  The percentage of flat-rate (non-UBB) households exceeding 1TB of usage was 4.82%, a full percentage point higher than the 3.81% of UBB households who exceeded the 1B threshold.

“As connected devices, streaming services and broadband speeds increase, service providers need an alternative to infrastructure upgrades that would enable them to keep up with demand,” said Josh Barstow, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for OpenVault. “Our analysis makes it clear that usage-based billing is among the most effective tools the industry has in managing consumption and reducing the need for massive capital expenditures.”

In addition to analyzing trends in broadband consumption, OpenVault also tracked expansion within the US consumer device landscape, observing a 5.3% increase in connected devices when comparing the week after Christmas with the week before Christmas. While Amazon, Samsung and Apple collectively accounted for the majority of the growth, the 15.6% rate of increase for Amazon devices was significantly higher than the rates of growth for Samsung (4.1%) and Apple (2.9%).

“Clearly, the substantial increase observed during the holiday season in the number of devices per household contributed to the data consumption usage growth we are seeing,” said Tony Costa, executive vice president and CTO of OpenVault. “Although Apple remains the dominant manufacturer in terms of total devices connected per household, Amazon is gaining market share in the race to own the household connected device environment.”

 

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kristen Nihamin at knihamin@openvault.com or 917-509-9028

Paul Schneider at pspr@att.net or 215-817-4384

OPENVAULT ANALYSIS OF UPSTREAM BROADBAND CONSUMPTION SHOWS 2.5X COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL DIFFERENCE, IMPACT OF UBB

Hoboken, NJ; October 4, 2018 Statistics collected during Q3 2018 show clear differences in upstream data usage behavior between commercial and residential subscribers and between subscribers on usage based billing plans versus those on non-usage based billing broadband plans, according to OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators,

OpenVault’s review of upstream usage shows that average consumption per household during the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 13GB per month. On closer analysis, OpenVault observed differences among subscriber categories that can have implications for operator networks, particularly those that serve both commercial and residential customers at scale. These included:

  • Average upstream usage for commercial subscribers is nearly 2.5x the amount observed per residential subscriber with commercial subs averaging over 30GB of upstream usage in September 2018 alone.  
  • Upstream usage accounts for approximately 18% of total usage for commercial subscribers, vs. approximately 5.5% for residential subscribers.  Overall upstream usage per subscriber is growing at approximately 16% annually.
  • Upstream usage per subscriber for providers with UBB in place is 15% less than average upstream usage for providers without UBB in place.

In conjunction with its analysis of upstream behavior, OpenVault also observed that average downstream commercial usage per subscriber is 35-50% lower than average downstream residential usage.  

“As upstream usage continues to grow, we’re seeing that usage-based broadband can help to curb strain on networks caused by excessive data consumption in both directions,” Mark Trudeau, CEO of OpenVault.   “At the same time, the data shows the importance of operators continuing to invest in next-generation DOCSIS and other solutions that will enable them to meet subscribers’ growing upstream expectations.”

OpenVault executives will be available at the IoT World pavilion at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2018 to discuss operators’ needs for increased visibility into broadband consumption, as well as proactive network management strategies. The Cable-Tec Expo exhibit floor will be open Oct. 23-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Schneider at pspr@att.net or +1-215-817-4384

Kristen Nihamin at knihamin@openvault.com or +1-917-509-9028

OPENVAULT DATA SHOWS >30% Y-O-Y GROWTH IN BROADBAND USAGE, SIGNIFICANT IMPACT OF USAGE-BASED BROADBAND

HOBOKEN, NJ (August 19, 2018) – Household broadband usage growth continues to grow at an annual rate of more than 30%, but Usage Based Billing can enable cable telecommunications providers to reduce associated strain on their networks and generate incremental revenues, according to year-over-year comparisons of Q2 2018 data by OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators.

According to OpenVault, average usage per household as of June 30, 2018 was 226.4GB, up slightly from Q1 2018. When compared with results from June 30, 2017, OpenVault data showed:

  • Year over year average usage growth of 31.3%, from 172.4GB/HH to 226.4GB/HH;
  • Year over year median usage growth of 37.4%, from 88GB/HH to more than 116.4GB/HH; and
  • Year over year growth in Power Users (i.e. HH using >1TB) of more than 100%, from 1.2% of HHs to 2.5%.

In addition, OpenVault’s analysis has identified usage-based billing as a factor in curbing usage growth and strain on networks, opening the door to significant operator revenue growth while potentially enabling avoidance of capex required to keep up with demand. By comparing operators offering usage-based billing (UBB) with those that offer flat-rate (Non-UBB) pricing, OpenVault found that:

  • 12.2% higher average usage per HH for Non-UBB operators (241.9GB/HH) in June 2018, versus 215.6GB for UBB operators;
  • 34% greater year-over-year usage growth by Non-UBB customers (36.6%), versus 27.3% for UBB customers, for the 12 months ended June 30, 2018; and
  • 55% greater Power User usage exceeding 1TB by Non-UBB customers (3.1%), versus 2.0% for UBB customers.

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kristen Nihamin at knihamin@openvault.com or 917-509-9028

Paul Schneider at pspr@att.net or 215-817-4384

UNITED STATES OUTPACING EUROPE IN KEY BROADBAND GROWTH METRICS, ACCORDING TO LATEST DATA FROM OPENVAULT

HOBOKEN, NJ (August 19, 2018) – Average broadband usage in Europe is growing at a significantly slower pace than in the United States, according to year-over-year comparisons of Q2 2018 data by OpenVault, a leading provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators.

According to OpenVault, average cable broadband usage per household in Europe grew at a rate of 19.5% during the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, compared to an average of 31% in the United States during the same time period. Moreover, Europe’s .46% percentage of Power Users – households using greater than 1TB per month – is less than one-fifth of the 2.5% percentage of Power Users in the United States.

Globally, OpenVault finds that household broadband usage growth continues to grow at an annual rate of more than 30%, but Usage Based Billing can enable cable telecommunications providers to reduce associated strain on their networks and generate incremental revenues. OpenVault notes that average usage per household as of June 30, 2018 was 226.4GB, up slightly from Q1 2018. When compared with results from June 30, 2017, OpenVault data showed:

  • Year over year average usage growth of 31.3%, from 172.4GB/HH to 226.4GB/HH;
  • Year over year median usage growth of 37.4%, from 88GB/HH to more than 116.4GB/HH; and
  • Year over year growth in Power Users (i.e. HH using >1TB) of more than 100%, from 1.2% of HHs to 2.5%.

In addition, OpenVault’s analysis has identified usage-based billing as a factor in curbing usage growth and strain on networks, opening the door to significant operator revenue growth while potentially enabling avoidance of capex required to keep up with demand. By comparing operators offering usage-based billing (UBB) with those that offer flat-rate (Non-UBB) pricing, OpenVault found that:

  • 12.2% higher average usage per HH for Non-UBB operators (241.9GB/HH) in June 2018, versus 215.6GB for UBB operators;
  • 34% greater year-over-year usage growth by Non-UBB customers (36.6%), versus 27.3% for UBB customers, for the 12 months ended June 30, 2018; and
  • 55% greater Power User usage exceeding 1TB by Non-UBB customers (3.1%), versus 2.0% for UBB customers.

About OpenVault

OpenVault’s solution suite tracks broadband data usage consumption levels for millions of subscribers and helps operators across the globe better manage their networks, saving time and costs while increasing revenue and subscriber satisfaction. Network operators use OpenVault’s easy-to-use tools to dramatically improve visibility into their networks and automate management functions to proactively handle congestion, forecast network requirements, monetize broadband growth and communicate with subscribers. For more information, please visit openvault.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kristen Nihamin at knihamin@openvault.com or 917-509-9028

Paul Schneider at pspr@att.net or 215-817-4384