Q2 2018 UK ISP Complaints Report Shames TalkTalk – Praises Sky

Ofcom‘s latest Q2 2018 UK complaints report finds that consumer moans are falling, while Sky Broadband attracted the least gripes for fixed line broadband (TalkTalk attracted the most) and it was the same story for landline phone services. Pay TV and Mobile providers are also included.[1][2][3] The report notes that the overall level of consumer satisfaction with communications services is 87% for landline phone, 80% for broadband and 91% for mobile.

However, Ofcom[4] said they continued to receive “nearly300 contacts per day during Q2 2018 (unchanged) and many of those result in complaints, although their study only includes feedback from the largest providers (i.e. those with a market share of at least 1.5%). The data itself is reflected as a proportion of residential subscribers (i.e. the total number of quarterly complaints per 100,000 customers), which makes it easier to compare providers in a market where the largest ISPs can vary significantly in size. Overall the total volume of complaints across all service sectors has decreased since Q1.

Jane Rumble, Ofcom’s Director of Consumer Policy, said:

“Although we’re encouraged that complaints are at their lowest levels since we started shining a light on this, some telecoms and TV companies are still falling short. We expect those providers to up their game and deliver better service to all their customers.”

Today’s report only covers complaints that the regulator itself has received and not those sent directly to an ISP or ombudsman. Ofcom does not itself deal with individual complaints but they do monitor them and can take action if enough people inform them of a problem.

Consumers who are unable to resolve a complaint with their provider can (after 8 weeks) raise a case with one of the two ombudsman operators – Ombudsman Services: Communications or CISAS – under the Alternative Dispute Resolution[5] process. The ADR handler can then investigate the issue at no cost to yourself.

Fixed Line Home Broadband Complaints

Happily there was a general fall in complaint volumes across the board this quarter, although TalkTalk[6] remains the provider that is most likely to attract gripes from their customers (the main complaint drivers were faults, service and provision issues). Meanwhile Sky Broadband[7] continues to enjoy being the least moaned about of all the big ISPs.

Q2 2018 UK ISP Complaints Report Shames TalkTalk – Praises Sky

Fixed Line Phone Complaints

The story for fixed line phone services is almost identical to broadband above, although TalkTalk is much closer to the pack here and perhaps ironically their main complaint driver revolves around issues that stem from complaints handling. However we note that the Post Office[8] was the only operator to record a noticeable rise in gripes, which could be due to their May 2018 price hike announcement. Q2 2018 UK ISP Complaints Report Shames TalkTalk – Praises Sky

Mobile Complaints

Issues related to complaints handling help Virgin Mobile come top of the bad boy pack for pay monthly mobile services, while Tesco Mobile deserves credit for attracting the fewest gripes.

A Virgin Media[9] Spokesperson said:

“Good service really matters to us and our customers. We are pleased with the improvements for our broadband and landline services, but there are still areas where we need to do better. We are working hard to put that right.”

Q2 2018 UK ISP Complaints Report Shames TalkTalk – Praises Sky

Pay TV Complaints

The Pay TV market has seen a dramatic shift during Q2, with BT‘s TV service benefiting from a huge fall in complaint volumes and as a result Virgin Media[10] now comes out as the worst.

Once again the main complaint driver for Virgin was complaints handling. Meanwhile Sky (Sky Broadband) were the only Pay TV operator that managed to get under the industry average line. Q2 2018 UK ISP Complaints Report Shames TalkTalk – Praises Sky

Ofcom’s Complaints Report Q2 2018

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  1. ^ Ofcom (www.ofcom.org.uk)
  2. ^ Sky Broadband (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  3. ^ TalkTalk (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  4. ^ Ofcom (www.ofcom.org.uk)
  5. ^ Alternative Dispute Resolution (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  6. ^ TalkTalk (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  7. ^ Sky Broadband (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  8. ^ Post Office (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  9. ^ Virgin Media (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  10. ^ Virgin Media (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  11. ^ https://www.ofcom.org.uk/../telecoms-pay-tv-complaints-q2-2018.pdf (www.ofcom.org.uk)

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