Some British operators informed that if Scotland votes for independence this week, Scots may end up paying more for telecommunication services.
The operators that penned the letter, i.e. BT, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, EE and Three UK, assured their customers that the results of the Scottish independence referendum won’t affect the continuity of the business and telecoms service will continue to be provided. This commitment, however, doesn’t mean that the current status quo will be kept. Mobile providers expressed their concerns related to how the industry would be regulated if Scots vote “Yes” this Thursday. Such factors as mobile spectrum or EU regulatory framework were listed as potential problematic issues.
The letter looks like a short warning that if Scotland became independent, there are so many unknowns that those operators may have to modify their service. Presumably they would have to increase their PAYG and PAYM tariffs to break even. The letter signatories backed their concerns by saying that Scotland has “demanding topography and relatively low population density” and apparently this may lead to higher “industry costs”.
Nevertheless, British operators don’t want to get involved in politics and they “pledged” that they would try to do their best to keep on providing their services in independent Scotland and stay committed to their customers and employees.
The upcoming referendum may mean a lot of changes for the British society and as telecommunication services are integral part of it, they wouldn’t be unaffected. For operators, independent Scotland would be a new market to compete for and as usual in such cases the consumers should benefit the most from it.