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The UK's largest telecommunications companies have claimed Scottish independence could drive up the cost of  broadband and telephony services in the nation. 

According to the leaders of BT, TalkTalk, Telefonica UK (O2), Vodafone, EE and Three, a split from the UK would raise a number of issues about how telecoms are regulated and managed in Scotland.

In an open letter, they suggested projects such as the rollout of faster broadband could be affected by factors like the nation's relatively low population density and challenging geography. 

"Any of these factors could lead to increased industry costs," the chief executives stated. 

While the exact impact of independence will not be known unless the people of Scotland vote Yes in Thursday's (September 18th) referendum, there is a strong chance satellite broadband will not be affected by the concerns cited by the major telecoms providers. 

Indeed, the technology is ideally suited to Scotland's landscape as it does not require any infrastructural development to function.