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EE, BT and TalkTalk were the most complained about broadband providers during the first quarter of 2016, Ofcom has revealed.

The regulator confirmed that between January and March this year, the total volume of complaints regarding the telecoms and pay TV sector remained stable from the previous quarter.

However, broadband and fixed line services continued to generate the highest number of complaints during this time.

Figures showed that EE generated 34 complaints per 100,000 subscribers throughout Q1 - more than any other broadband provider.

Nevertheless, BT was not far behind, with 31 complaints per 100,000 subscribers, while the figures for TalkTalk and Plusnet were 30 and 27 per 100,000 subscribers respectively.

This was significantly ahead of the industry average of 19 complaints per 100,000 subscribers.

However, a number of broadband providers were found to have relatively few grievances raised against them.

For instance, Ofcom said there were just eight complaints per 100,000 subscribers against Virgin Media.

Sky ranked best of all, with six complaints per 100,000 subscribers.

Ofcom hopes that by publishing the complaints data, consumers who are looking for a new provider will be able to compare the performance of various companies.

The regulator also believes being transparent with this information gives providers an incentive to improve their performances.

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