Latest telecoms and pay-TV complaints revealed
Ofcom has today published the latest league tables on the complaints we’ve received about the UK’s major home phone, broadband, mobile and pay-TV firms.
The quarterly report reveals the number of complaints made to us between January and March this year about telecoms and pay-TV providers with a market share over 1.5%. It therefore covers the third UK-wide lockdown, when millions of people needed to work from home and many schoolchildren had their studies moved online.
Overall, complaints about mobile services remained broadly stable. However, broadband and home phone complaints hit a three-year high, while complaints about pay-TV services also increased.
This was largely driven by Virgin Media, which was the most complained-about broadband, home phone and pay-TV provider. The main reason customers complained to Ofcom about Virgin Media was to do with how the company handled their complaints.
Virgin Mobile was also the most complained-about mobile operator, along with Three; while Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and EE generated the fewest complaints.
Sky and EE were also the least complained-about broadband and home phone providers, and Sky attracted the fewest complaints for pay TV.
Fergal Farragher, Ofcom’s Consumer Protection Director, said: “These complaints figures are from the peak of the pandemic, which was a difficult time for everyone, including businesses. But some providers clearly struggled with customer service more than others, and we understand how frustrating that must have been for their customers at a time when they needed their communications services the most.
“We have been clear to providers that we expect performance to now return to at least the levels we saw before the pandemic hit – or even better.”
The information we publish about complaints helps people compare companies when shopping around for a new provider and encourages firms to improve their performance. Our service quality hub offers further information on how people can choose the best provider for them.
If you’re experiencing problems you should complain to your provider first. If you’re unhappy with the outcome, you can take your complaint to an independent ombudsman, who will look at the case and make a judgment on it.
Home broadband complaints per 100,000 customers
Landline telephone complaints per 100,000 customers
Pay-monthly mobile complaints per 100,000 customers
Pay-TV complaints per 100,000 customers
Relative volume of complaints per service per 100,000 subscribers