BT and the Mobile Networks Weigh in on Scottish Independence

By Gary Cutlack on at

BT has released one of those open letter things, also roping in its comms chums O2, Vodafone, EE, Three and TalkTalk to issue a vague threat of "increased costs" should Scotland vote for independence later this week.

The key question asked by the mobile bosses is whether new Scotland would continue to carve up the mobile spectrum in the same way as is currently done on a UK-wide basis, plus they ask if the possible Scotland of the future would also comply with the numerous EU rules on sharing, roaming and more.

The letter then ends with the suggestion that the operators might have to "modify our networks" which could lead to "increased industry costs" in some outcomes -- and therefore higher bills -- in the future. [BT]