INDUSTRY IS WORKING TO IMPROVE OVERALL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Sydney, 17 April 2018 - The complaint statistics contained in the TIO Six Month Update are disappointing and highlight that the telecommunications industry has to do more to improve the customer experience.

Communications Alliance Director Program Management, Christiane Gillespie-Jones said: “While our industry is dealing with disruption, in part caused by the significant increase in NBN connections and migration to the network, we are disappointed with the high level of complaints in the second half of 2017.“Industry – including service providers and nbn – are working intensely on a range of measures to improve the overall consumer experience.

“Some initiatives around broadband speeds are bearing fruit already and we are pleased to see that the speeds customers are receiving – even during peak hour – are often exceeding the promised speeds, as evidenced in the recent ACCC Broadband Speed Monitoring Report.

“Having said that, we acknowledge that further efforts in various areas of customer engagement across service types are required to better address customers’ needs and to ensure that initial positive signs turn into a sustained trend of an improved overall customer experience”, Ms Gillespie-Jones said.

The TIO report underlines that the rollout of the NBN – with close to one million new premises activated in the second half of 2017 – has contributed to the increased complaint numbers.

“With ‘Provider Response’ being the top issue raised by customers who complain in relation to a service delivered over the NBN, our industry will be working to improve the end-to-end experience, including through improved assistance between providers in the supply chain to resolve complaints.”

However, the large share of mobile complaints (29%) highlight that the rollout of and migration to the NBN are not solely responsible for the increase in complaints meaning that industry needs to address customer service and complaint handling more broadly.

The 31% share of complaints that involve more than one service type indicates that the telecommunications landscape is very complex and that often issues cannot be attributed to one single cause which may complicate resolution.

“Our industry cannot be satisfied with these numbers and we will continue to implement measures – including through the enforceable Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code that is currently being revised – designed to improve the overall customer experience”, Ms Gillespie-Jones concluded.

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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