US ISPs, device manufacturers exceed energy efficiency commitments

Tuesday 13 August 2019 | 10:13 CET | News
Nearly all (99.6 percent) of internet modems, routers and other equipment purchased and sold in 2018 for use by US residential broadband subscribers met the energy-efficiency standards of the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment, according to a new report issued by independent auditor D+R International. The agreement, led by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and CableLabs, includes all major US broadband internet service providers and retailers of small network equipment (SNE).

All signatories fulfilled their commitment that 90 percent of their new devices would meet the agreement’s energy efficiency levels. Average idle mode energy usage of SNE relative to average broadband speed decreased by 66 percent since the agreement was ratified in 2015. Internet service providers covering more than 87 million US homes, which is nearly 90 percent of the residential US Internet market, are signed onto the agreement.

ooD+R’s report demonstrates the signatories have met that challenge, reporting a 66 percent decrease since 2015 in the average idle mode energy usage of new SNE relative to average broadband speed. The Voluntary Agreement commits signatories to meet more rigorous “Tier 2” energy efficiency levels by 2020, and D+R found 97.5 percent of devices already met these levels in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

The Small Network Equipment Voluntary Agreement builds upon the success of a similar voluntary agreement for set-top boxes endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Agreement signatories include the major broadband internet services providers (89 percent of the market): Altice, AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier and Verizon, as well as leading device manufacturers: Actiontec, Arris/CommScope, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee Interactive.

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Companies: CableLabs
Countries: United States
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