Slow data speeds top TIO complaints in Q3

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Slow data speeds top TIO complaints in Q3

Slow data speed was the main reason internet users made complaints to the Telecom Industry Ombudsman (TIO) during the third calendar quarter, with complaints growing 66.3% year-on-year.

Total complaints about slow internet speeds reached 1663 during the quarter, even as overall complaints declined by 16.5% to 26,023.

Acting Ombudsman Diane Carmody said consumers have been reporting a range of issues related to slow data speeds.

“The causes of slow data speed can vary, and may include the distance from the consumer’s house to the exchange and congestion during peak hours when more people try to use the internet,” she said.

The TIO also noted that complaints about mobile service continued to decline, with complaints about mobile coverage falling by more than half year-on-year to just 785, suggesting that the heavy network investments by the major mobile operators have been paying off.

Complaints related to services delivered over the NBN meanwhile grew 4.6% sequentially to 2262, but the number of active premises connected to the network grew by 26% over the same period.

One of the most common issues reported by consumers involved delays connecting new NBN services, but these types of complaints declined by more than 14% to 447.

“It is encouraging to see that as the rollout of the network speeds up, we are receiving fewer complaints about one of the main issues consumers have been reporting to us for more than a year,” Carmody said.

Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton noted that consumer complaints to the TIO have declined by a sharp 40% in recent years, indicating that the industry is effectively responding to customers’ concerns.

“The latest results featured a 50% drop in complaints about excess data charges — underlining the success of improved spend management tools for customers and the industry’s drive to tailor mobile and data plans that avoid the risk of customers incurring such charges,” he said.

“The figures also point to a greatly improved experience for consumers who are migrating their services to the NBN... This is an encouraging trend that augurs well for the future rollout of the network.”

Image courtesy of Mohammed Mustafa under CC

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