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Telephone numbers in Kosovo

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Country  Kosovo[a]
Regulator  RAEPC
Typical format  TBD
Continent  Europe
Type  Open
Country calling code  +381
Telephone numbers in Kosovo

The dialing code for Kosovois +381. A proposed dialling code is +383. This is proposed to Kosovo by ITU with the agreement of the Administration of the Republic of Serbia after the reached agreement in the EU led dialog between Pristina and Belgrade. Its dialing code was initially expected to become effective on January 1, 2015 but it was postponed to the finalization of the agreement in late August 2015. With the agreement of the Administration of the Republic of Serbia, the Director of TSB has assigned the international codes to Kosovo. Kosovo is represented in ITU as Kosovo* which the designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. Also the EU handed over to mts d.o.o., the temporary authorisation for mobile and the licence for fixed telephony services to be undertaken in Kosovo issued by the Kosovo Telecommunication Regulatory Authority.

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History

Following the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia in 1992, which had +38 as country code, Kosovo used the code +381, which was granted to FR Yugoslavia and later used by Serbia. The code was used for fixed line telephone services, whereas for mobile phone networks, it used either the Monaco code +377 or the Slovenian code +386.

Reactions to +383 code allocation

International Telecommunication Union "will not recognize Kosovo's independence" quote daily Koha Ditore, as ITU will include the footnote on Kosovo" in the technical annexes. Kosovo's NISMA party leader Fatmir Limaj is quoted by KosovaPress agency as saying that with the agreement reached in Brussels, the Kosovo government "allowed the Serbian operator to work in Kosovo". Vice chairman of the Kosovo's radical nationalist Vetëvendosje party, Shpend Ahmeti commented that this agreement actually favors Serbia. “Telephone calls between cities in Serbia and cities in Kosovo will be treated as local calls. Serbia will preserve its assets in Kosovo and it will also have a license for Serb operators within Kosovo. For these favors, Serbia will allow Kosovo to have its own country code. Serbia will allow Kosovo. What a terrible representation!

References

Telephone numbers in Kosovo Wikipedia


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