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Australians’ telco experience

We asked Australian adults, households and small and medium-sized businesses about their experience with telco services. This is a snapshot of what we found.

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Aussies expect telco services to be reliable

Having issues and faults fixed is the most important factor for 92% of households and 85% of Australian adults with mobile services (Australian mobile users). For businesses, it was close to the top (94%) along with reliability of services (98%) and getting the services they pay for (95%).

Satisfaction with reliability is higher for Australian mobile users and lower for businesses with internet.

Customers are mostly satisfied with the reliability of telco services

Telco experience figure 1

They also value good customer service and mobile coverage

89% of businesses, 86% of households and 81% of Australian mobile users think good telco customer service is extremely or very important.

84% of Australian mobile users also think mobile coverage is important.

90% of households also think protection of personal information is important.

Customers still experience issues or faults and loss of service

Businesses and households are more likely to experience issues or faults

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Australian adults

Of all issues or faults with mobile services, interruptions or dropouts are the most likely type (53%).


Of all households with each service, the rate of issues or faults is:

  • 56% with home internet (44% loss of service or outages, 37% dropouts)
  • 22% with a home phone (39% loss of service or outages, 23% dropouts)
  • 16% with mobile broadband
  • 8% with a mobile phone family shared data plan


Of all businesses with each service, the rate of issues or faults is:

  • 52% with business internet (51% of these have loss of service or outages)
  • 40% with a business phone (51% of these have loss of service or outages)
  • 14% with mobile phones
  • 11% with mobile broadband

Aussies are still making complaints to telcos

Businesses are more likely to complain

Telco experience figure 3

Business complaints: 29% are about outages and 17% are about other types of faults or technical issues.

Household complaints: outages are the most common reason (30%), followed by dropouts (20%) and internet speed (16%)

Complaints from mobile users: 28% are about interruptions or dropouts and 25% are about billing. 

Internet has a higher rate of most recent complaints

Telco experience figure 4

Households: complaints about internet (26%) are three times as likely as for other household services (home phone: 9%, mobile broadband: 4%, mobile phone family shared data plan: 2%).

Businesses: complaints about internet (26%) are more likely than for phone (business phone: 19%, mobile phone: 5%, mobile broadband: 2%).

Australian adults: there are similar rates of complaint for mobile phones (12%) and mobile broadband (13%).

Complaints are taking too long to resolve

Telco experience figure 5

Business complaints take the longest to resolve

Time taken to resolve a complaint

For businesses

For households

For Australian mobile users

Same day




One to 2 working days




3 working days to 3 weeks




Over 3 weeks or reported as not resolved




Not all customers are happy with how their complaints are handled, especially businesses

Of Australian mobile users with resolved complaints:

  • 53% are satisfied
  • 30% are dissatisfied

Of households with resolved complaints:

  • 47% are satisfied
  • 35% are dissatisfied

Of businesses with resolved complaints:

  • 40% are satisfied
  • 46% are dissatisfied

Customers are concerned about privacy and security

Not all mobile users are aware of what happens to their personal information

Telco experience figure 6

Other concerns for mobile users are about privacy and security:

  • 73% are concerned that data provided online will be shared by the organisation it was given to
  • 66% are concerned about their device location being shared
  • 62% are concerned that their mobile phone is listening to conversations

Smart device privacy and security isn’t well understood

60% of households with smart devices are concerned about the amount of information these devices are collecting, but only 48% are aware of the amount. 37% are not aware.

63% are aware of how to make them private and secure. 25% are not aware.

Not all businesses are prepared for cyber threats

69% of businesses think they’re well equipped to manage cybersecurity threats and issues. 15% do not think they’re well equipped.

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