Complaint Volumes Highlight Need for Concerted Industry Action

Sydney, 11 May 2017 – The six-month update on complaints about phone and internet services, released by the TIO today, is very disappointing in aggregate, but does suggest that action by telecommunication service providers is slowing the rate of growth in complaints, Communications Alliance said today.

While complaint levels in the period between 1 July and 31 December 2016 were up by 33.8 per cent against the historical lows of 2015, the rate of growth in complaints compared to the previous six months (January to June 2016) was 5.3% - an indication of greatly reduced growth.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said that service providers across the industry that experienced a surge in complaints during 2016 have been working hard to analyse root causes, re-engineer processes, improve customer satisfaction and reduce complaints.

“Clearly, more remains to be done and Communications Alliance is working closely with its members on these challenges.”

“We have seen five years of falling complaint levels as a result of concerted industry action – dropping complaint volumes by close to 50% - so the recent setbacks reported by the TIO are a matter of serious concern and are being addressed,” Mr Stanton said.

“There is no doubt that the roll-out of the nbn and the additional implementation challenges it brings, have contributed to rising complaints, but it is pleasing to note that the growth rate in nbn-related complaints is slower than the rate of new premises being connected to the national broadband network.”

It is also important to note that the total number of Services in Operation (SIOs) in Australia continues to grow, and that the numbers released today are not measured as a ratio of overall services.

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE 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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