EE, BT and TalkTalk Collected the Most Consumer Complaints in Q1 2016 - ISPreview UK
UK ISPs EE, BT and TalkTalk have managed to collect the greatest proportion of consumer complaints for their fixed line broadband services, at least thatís one way of reading Ofcomís Q1 2016 consumer complaints report. Meanwhile Virgin Media and Sky Broadband attracted the fewest gripes.

The national UK telecoms regulator claims to record around 300 complaints per day, but their report only focuses upon the marketís largest providers (i.e. those with an overall market share of at least 1.5%) and thatís because the smallest players donít produce enough data.

The data also reflects complaints that have been made directly to Ofcom rather than the ISP (e.g. users that have not been able to resolve their complaint via the ISP), which means that it doesnít necessarily provide a perfect overview of all the moans being made across the whole market.

Otherwise the results themselves are 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 big operators can vary significantly in size.

The Results for Q1 2016

Overall the total volume of complaints appears to have held fairly steady this quarter, although fixed line broadband and phone services continued to attract the most gripes. On the broadband side there has been a small improvement since the end of 2015, but sadly EE continues to be the most complained about provider, with BT and TalkTalk following closely behind.

Apparently EEís main complaint drivers were related to faults, service and provision issues; complaints handling; and issues with billing, pricing and charges. So just a few areas that need work then *cough*. Elsewhere Plusnet saw fewer complaints than in Q4 2015, but theyíre still receiving too many for comfort.

Broadband complaints


The situation for fixed line phone services is a bit more varied and this time around EE and Plusnet have both improved, while TalkTalk and the Post Office both attracted the most gripes. TalkTalkís main complaint drivers related to issues around faults, service, and provision; issues relating to billing, pricing and charges; and general complaints handling.

Landline complaints


The results for Mobile (pay monthly) and Pay TV providers can be found below, which in the first instance spells a continuation of the bad news for Vodafone (Ofcom are currently probing some of their practices). Most of Vodafoneís issues related to problems with billing, pricing and charges; complaints handling; and fault, service or provision issues in that order.

Pay-monthly mobile complaints


On the Pay TV front itís frustrating to find that BT TV has seen more complaints than in the previous quarter, with issues around fault, service, or provision; as well as billing, pricing and charges; and complaints handling all taking centre stage. TalkTalk also generated relative complaint volumes above the industry average, but they have at least improved quite a bit.

Pay TV complaints