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ISPreview Study Finds Rising Support and Reliability Concerns at UK ISPs

The latest monthly survey of Internet access customers in the United Kingdom has discovered that 38% of respondents expect to switch ISP in 2014 (up from 32% last year), which they claim stems from dissatisfaction with the customer support, reliability and service speeds of their existing broadband provider.

London, United Kingdom, January 01, 2014 --( The latest annual survey of Internet Service Provider (ISP) satisfaction in the United Kingdom, which was conducted with 3345 readers of the website, has claimed that consumers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the reliability and quality of customer support provided by their current broadband provider, with many expecting to switch (migrate) to another ISP in 2014.

Overall the study reported that consumers were least happy with the quality of their ISPs customer support, connection reliability and service speeds. As a result the proportion of people that expected to swap ISP in the coming year has risen from 32.3% in 2012 and now stands at 38%.

[Q4 - 2013] Which aspect of your ISP makes you least happy?

Support - 30.1% (7.3% in Q4 2012)
Reliability - 30% (17% in Q4 2012)
Speed - 18.9% (40.2% in Q4 2012)
Price - 9.7% (13.7% in Q4 2012)
None - 6.9% (14.5% in Q4 2012)
Service Restrictions (fup) - 4.1% (7% in Q4 2012)

Ofcom's (UK telecoms regulator) 2012 Consumer Experience report revealed that in the end only 9% of fixed line broadband consumers actually switched provider during 2012, although this did represent an increase from 7% one year earlier.

"Broadband speeds have improved a lot, at least for some people, over the past couple of years and this is largely thanks to the new generation of 'super-fast' connectivity," said's Founder, Mark Jackson. "As a result consumers now appear to be paying more attention to other aspects of their service like support and reliability, while ISPs themselves have been busy working to improve retention by adding new TV content (e.g. BTSport, TalkTalk TV)."

The study also found that 75% of respondents still pay £20 or more per month for just the broadband part of their service, while 11% paid around £15, some 7% coughed up just £10 a month and 4% either had a free connection or paid around £5 for their Internet access.

"It's worth remembering that Ofcom's on-going review into the UK's fixed telecoms market should hopefully result in various improvements including better migration rules and higher quality standards, although some of these changes might not be introduced until 2015. In the meantime ISPs will need to be just as mindful of their connection reliability and customer support as they are today of service speeds," concluded Mark Jackson.
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