Pristina and Belgrade under the EU facilitation reached on Sunday an arrangement on further implementation of the agreed and signed Telecommunications Agreement from 2013 and the 2015 Action Plan stemming from this Agreement. The agreements will ensure that a three-digit dialing code is allocated by the International Telecommunications Union to Kosovo, the EU announced in a press release.
“The parties agreed on the mobile telephony and frequency bands and spectrums to be allocated to Mts d.o.o in Kosovo, enabling it to continue to provide the current level of coverage to its customers. The arrangement also enables the transfer of assets to Mts d.o.o without any customs, taxes or charges. The parties agreed on a migration period of two years during which a dual numbering approach will be used, in order to allow customers of the new company to continue using their existing number in Kosovo in which the company operates,” it is stated in the press release.
Serbia will send a letter to the ITU on 3 December agreeing that a three-digit code can be allocated to Kosovo. According to the press release the EU welcomes this outcome and urges both sides to accelerate progress on all other outstanding Agreements implementation work, in particular the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities and on Energy.
The ITU will allocate Kosovo’s telephone code +383 on 15 December 2016. Our country will have its telephone code as any other country and will exercise full sovereignty on its telephone code, while other codes which are currently in use in Kosovo (381, 377, 386) will no longer be used.