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AUSTRALIA, March 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Complaints to the ombudsman about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have fallen dramatically over the last year, according to the latest figures released in February.
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO), which is the last resort for customers who cannot resolve a problem with their ISP, recorded 16,704 complaints relating to internet plans over the last three months of 2011.
This is a 45% fall from the October to December quarter in 2010, when complaints hit 29,097.
The biggest drop related to complaint handling, with a 62% fall in complaints reaching the ombudsman, suggesting internet providers are getting better at resolving issues before they escalate.
The smallest drop was in complaints relating to faults, with a 33% fall across all providers.
According to broadband comparison website, Compare Broadband, the figures show ISPs have been working to improve customer service since last year.
Compare Broadband spokesperson, Sarah McDonald, said: "Telcos and internet providers have been criticised for confusing customers and then failing to help out when things go wrong. But the figures show fewer customers are going to the TIO with their problems, so ISPs must be listening and have upped their game."
Complaints against individual ISPs also fell. Complaints from Club Telco customers fell 72%, from 372 complaints to 103, complaints against Eftel were down 65% and complaints relating to iiNet fell 62%.
The TIO does not provide a complaints per customer figure, so comparisons between providers are difficult.
Some insights can be gained from the size of the companies. For example, Telstra is the most complained about internet provider but it is also the biggest.
However, Vodafone is the third-most complained about ISP, which is disproportionate to its size. Although TPG and iiNet both have more customers, neither have as many complaints.
Vodafone has had many well-publicised problems over the last year, with customers complaining of dropped calls and slow 3G and mobile broadband speeds. The telco is improving its network and this appears to be paying off, as complaints to the TIO dropped 41% over the last three months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010.
About Compare Broadband:
Compare Broadband is an Australian company providing a free, impartial comparison service and expert advice to consumers in relation to broadband plans from Australia's leading Internet Service Providers.
For further enquiries please contact:
Scott Kennedy, CEO, CompareBroadband.com.au
T: 1300 764 000
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