Perth-based ISP, iiNet, has gone against the tide by becoming the only major carrier to experience a drop in the number of consumer complaints lodged to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).
The TIO's January to March statistics showed customer complaints increased within the telecommunications industry as a whole.
But iiNet received 13.7 per cent less complaints overall compared to the last quarter – down from 1093 in the October-December 2010 quarter to 943.
“We don’t pretend we always get it right, so we’re continually looking for new ways to improve the customer experience with a commitment to manage customer credit issues on a personal level,” iiNet chief customer officer, Maryna Pienaar, said in a statement.
The ISP’s subsidiary, Westnet, however, has experienced a 33.3 per cent increase in complaints from 73 late last year to 160 early this year. Its other subsidiary, Netspace, also saw a rise in complaints from 54 to 61, a 13 per cent increase.
The statistics are broken down into different categories including Internet, fixed-line and mobile services.
The worst offenders were TPG with a 49.1 per cent surge in complains, 3 under Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), up 58.6 per cent and sister company Vodafone with a whopping 96.1 per cent increase.
The three telcos received 1384, 5913 and 14,670 complaints the first quarter of 2011, respectively.
Despite the staggering numbers, VHA CEO, Nigel Dews, saw the results as a positive since complaints have dropped gradually from February onwards.