13 Per Cent Drop in Telco Complaints in Context

Sydney, 8 February 2016 – Complaints as a proportion of telcos’ services in operation (SIO) were almost 13 per cent lower in the December quarter 2015 and 27 per cent lower compared to the same time the previous year, according to the telecommunications Complaints in Context report, released today.

The total complaints per 10,000 SIO for all participating telcos was 4.8, a decrease of 12.7 per cent compared to July-September 2015.

Individually, all participants recorded improved complaints performance in the report when compared to the previous quarter. Telstra and Vodafone recorded their best results since reporting started in September 2013with 4.9 and 3.5 complaints per 10,000 SIO respectively.

Optus saw its best result in four quarters, receiving 5.9 complaints per 10,000 SIO in October-December 2015, although this was higher than for the same period the previous year (5.4).

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, welcomed the results, which he said “underlined a sustained improvement in customer service performance among the participating companies, consistent with the significant industry-wide reductions in complaints to the TIO during the past three years.”

Telecommunication Industry Acting Ombudsman Diane Carmody said: “The continuing improvement among these service providers is good news for consumers,”.

Complaints in Context is a quarterly report jointly published by the TIO and Communications Alliance. The October-December 2015 report can be found on the TIO website and Communications Alliance website.

 Joint Media Release

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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