The quarterly report reveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom, from July to September last year, about providers with a market share over 1.5p percent in the home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay-TV markets. For the first time, Vodafone has met this benchmark for inclusion on broadband and landline. The company is the most complained-about provider for both these services.
Virgin Media generated the most complaints for both pay-monthly mobile and pay-TV services. The company’s main complaint drivers were contract issues and complaints handling.
Post Office is now also included for broadband for the first time and has performed better than the industry average. Sky, Tesco Mobile, EE and O2 continue to perform better than the industry averages for the services they offer.
Complaints information helps people to consider service quality when they are shopping around for a new provider and incentivizes operators to improve their performance. Our service quality hub offers further information on choosing the best provider.
Jane Rumble, Ofcom’s Director of Consumer Policy, said: “With so much competition in telecoms and TV services, companies that are falling short need to make service quality and complaints handling their priority. Customers who aren’t happy with their provider can shop around and vote with their feet.”
Although Ofcom cannot resolve individual complaints, we offer consumers advice, and the information we receive can lead to us launching investigations.
Anyone experiencing problems should complain to their provider first. If they are unhappy with the outcome, people can take the complaint to an independent ombudsman, who will look at the case and make a judgment on it.
The actual measurable difference between certain landline complaints figures per 100,000 subscribers is less than one, so the following results should be considered comparable: 1) Virgin Media and the industry average; 2) EE and Sky.
The actual measurable difference between certain pay-monthly mobile complaints figures per 100,000 subscribers is less than one, so the following results should be considered comparable: 1) BT and Vodafone; 2) iD Mobile, the industry average and Three; 3) Three and O2; 4) O2 and EE.―Ofcom