Video Conferencing Usage During the Coronavirus Outbreak
It goes without saying that these are unprecedented times. Regardless of location, people across the globe are confronting COVID-19 and adjusting their lives accordingly. We hope everyone is able to stay as safe as possible during this uncertain period.
As a global video conferencing provider in use in over 180 countries, BlueJeans has a unique vantage point to observe how quickly employees have shifted from working in offices to working from home, and from teaching in classrooms to distance learning. In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to share this data with the public and hope that it offers some insight and perspective into the massive behavioral shifts that organizations of all sizes around the world are driving through efforts to stem the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
The BlueJeans data science team has aggregated and analyzed country-by-country meeting minutes before and after the coronavirus outbreak. By assessing meeting minutes from the past six weeks and comparing those to the pre-outbreak benchmark, we are able to see the daily acceleration of video conferencing utilization as the coronavirus has exploded across borders.
Countries hit hard by the virus, not surprisingly show significant increases in BlueJeans utilization.* But as you can see, this is a truly global event, with nearly every country seeing a spike in usage. Additionally, we analyzed state-by-state utilization in the United States and were able to draw the same conclusion. The chart below highlights BlueJeans utilization in Washington, California, and New York.
The data clearly presents a surge in utilization around March 3rd, when the virus began to drive organizations to ask their employees to begin working from home. Beyond these three states, we are now seeing greater than 100% increases in 47 states overall. While the future is uncertain, we expect nationwide utilization to continue to reflect the chart above in the coming weeks.