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Vorboss Calls on Ofcom to Implement Automatic Compensation for Business Internet Customers

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24 April 2024 – Vorboss, London’s provider of direct internet connectivity for business, is calling on Ofcom to introduce an automatic compensation regime for business customers.

 Ofcom introduced automatic compensation for consumers in 2019, and found the scheme increased compensation payments and saw more steps taken to fix issues. Vorboss believes now is the time to introduce a comparable scheme to protect UK businesses.

 The call comes as the company’s investigation into productivity reveals that the UK economy has suffered a loss of £17.6 billion in economic output over the past 12 months due to connectivity outages. The total for London was £5.7 billion, representing just over 1% of London’s GDP.

 The average UK business lost more than £11,000 in economic output due to connectivity outages in the past year. For businesses based in London, the loss was £18,620. That loss of economic value is due to an average 314 lost hours (nearly 40 working days) of productivity per London business.

 To introduce competition around quality and help improve the performance of business connectivity networks, Vorboss has written to Ofcom to encourage the introduction of an automatic compensation scheme for fixed business connectivity providers.

 Vorboss has also offered to be a founding member of the scheme as it introduces automated compensation for its own new and existing customers.


Tim Creswick, Founding CEO at Vorboss, emphasised the urgency of addressing these issues, stating:

“As the data in this report shows, the productivity uplift that would come from improved network quality is massive.
We should all be incentivised to compete on quality – that would force an uplift in network performance, and in turn drive a much-needed economic boost.
Ofcom's introduction of automatic compensation in the consumer market has been a success, pushing service providers to improve quality, while giving customers reassurance that compensation is real and tangible. If the scheme was extended to include businesses, we would see the same benefits, along with a significant productivity boost to London and the UK economy through reduced outages.”


More than half (51%) of businesses with a fixed business internet contract reported that they experienced at least one loss of service in the past year – that figure rises to 60% for London’s businesses. Almost a fifth(19%) of businesses reported experiencing three or more outages in the past year – again, that figure increases in London, with 28% being hit three or more times.

 Yet, 61% of businesses that experienced an outage did not receive any compensation. Of those that didn’t ask for it, the two most cited reasons were that requesting compensation was not worth the time and effort(44%) and they didn’t expect to get compensation (34%).

 Despite Ofcom's previous interventions aimed at improving business engagement with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and compensation, subsequent research has revealed low awareness of these provisions among businesses, alongside high dissatisfaction with the level of compensation provided. Government extended the ‘growth duty’ to Ofcom, and other industry regulators, in 2023, asking that they consider the growth of the UK economy in their decision-making process.

 Vorboss is launching automatic compensation to new and existing business customers served by its network, across both direct and wholesale channels. If Vorboss business internet goes down for more than four minutes, customers will automatically be compensated with at least one day’s worth of service credits. If it is down for more than 24 hours, customers will receive the full pay-out of two months' worth of service credits.

 The Vorboss report was written by Assembly Research, incorporating ONS data and data from a YouGov survey commissioned in February 2024.




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About Vorboss

Vorboss is a network purpose-built for London's most ambitious businesses.

Designed with London’s future in mind, it is providing businesses direct access to critical fibre infrastructure, with simple, transparent pricing.

Vorboss is unique in owning its network and service end-to-end, and offers 10Gbps and 100Gbps connections.

Vorboss is part of the Fern Trading Group, advised by Octopus Investments, and is investing over £250 million into its fibre network.

The company operates an in-house academy to train its engineers and technicians to offer a career path to people with little or no telecoms experience. Building an inclusive and diverse workforce is a top priority for the business, especially to address the industry’s significant gender imbalance. More than a third of Vorboss’ engineer workforce is female.  

The Sunday Times has recently recognised it as one of the Best Places to Work in the UK and Best Places to Work for Women.

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