With the exception of Cell C, which has shown a small improvement, customer satisfaction with South Africa’s mobile operators has declined since last year, a new research survey has determined.
According to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi), the mobile networks achieved a satisfaction score of 75,4 out of 100, versus 76,4 in 2014.
“With the exception of Cell C which showed a small improvement, each of the brands received lower scores than last year,” the report said.
Vodacom is industry leader in 2015, with a score of 76,7; MTN was on par with the industry average at a score of 75,6. Both Cell C and “other” scored below par at 72,9 and 69,4 respectively.
“This is one of the only industries we have measured in which all service providers surveyed are meeting the expectations of their customers on issues of overall quality, meeting individual needs and things not going wrong with the provider,” said Adré Schreuder, founder of SAcsi and CEO of Consulta, in a statement.
There were no changes in the overall level of expectations for the large network providers compared to last year’s results, the survey found.
Vodacom subscribers still have the highest expectations, with Cell C scoring below the industry average. “In contrast, Cell C showed a significant improvement in the perceived quality of its offering, although the brand still lags behind in the overall industry score. MTN and Vodacom showed no change from the previous results,” Schreuder said.
Cell C has managed to decrease the number of problems experienced by subscribers by 8% since the previous SAcsi measure. Cell C’s complaint handling efficiency has also improved and is now the best in the industry.
Perceived value — the perception of price given the quality and the perceived quality given the price — is four points lower than last year at 74,8.
“Cell C is regarded as the industry leader when it comes to perceived value, with Vodacom regarded as the most expensive, although customers indicate that Vodacom offers the best quality product,” Schreuder said.
“This clearly signals a preference for quality at a fair price, rather than having to accept poor quality at a low price.”
The “net promoter score”, which indicates the likelihood of customers to recommend a particular brand, has decreased significantly across the industry, from 38% in 2013 to 31% at the end of 2014, he said.
But relative to the international scores, South Africa compares well. The overall score is in line with the best scoring mobile industries in other countries such as Portugal (75), Turkey and the UK (74), South Korea (73) and the US (72). — © 2015 NewsCentral Media