Ofcom dishes out the dirt on operator customer service performance

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Ofcom has unveiled a new tool which will tell you how good your provider of landline, broadband and mobile services compares to the rest on a customer service footing.

It’s an subject which has been largely avoided by operators to date because, let’s face it, they are pretty bad at customer services compared to other verticals. But thanks to Ofcom, you can find out overall customer satisfaction, complaints per 100,000 subscribers, satisfaction with complaints handling and how long customers have to wait before speaking to someone in a call centre.

“We’re determined to help bring about a service revolution in the telecoms sector, where consistency and excellence becomes the norm, and customers always come first,” said Sharon White, Ofcom CEO.

“Today we want to shine a light on how different providers perform, and are challenging the industry to up its game on customer service. We’ll be monitoring closely to ensure industry service standards are raised.”

On the broadband side of things, BT topped the list with the most complaints, raking in 127 per 100,000 customers, whereas Sky was the top performer with only 27. For landlines, Plusnet and the Post Office were the worst offenders with 89 complaints per 100,000 customers, though Sky did even better, only collecting 25. For mobile, Vodafone raked in a whopping 92 complaints per 100,000 customers, while no-one else registered more than 24, with Tesco the lowest at 3.

In all the categories, the more established players were the worst offenders, whereas the market challengers were the best performers in terms of customer service. This should probably not be a massive surprise, though it is a slightly damning report.

The UK is a conservative nation in more than one sense, and this can be seen by the continued reliance on more established names. Perhaps reports such as this will open up consumers to the merits of moving to challenger brands in the search of a good deal and solid customer service.

While moves such as this are applauded by, anything to keep lumbersome, stagnant and unadventurous operators on their toes, we are looking at some of the statistics with a dubious eye. Like advertised broadband speeds, there might be a bit of creative massaging when it comes to the statistics…

Your correspondent leans on his own experiences in dealing with landline/broadband/mobile providers, and almost every time, I have been on hold for a substantially longer period of time. Yes, I am calling in the evening after work, but aren’t most people?

You can check out the performance of your provider below:

Broadband performance Mobile performance Landline performance

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