ARKEP to issue ‘limited and temporary’ licence to MTS

18 Jan 2016

Kosovo’s government has instructed the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullativ i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP) to issue a temporary and limited licence to state-backed Serbian fixed line incumbent Telekom Srbija, which now operates under the MTS brand previously used by its mobile arm. Kosova Press writes that the concession will only become operational once Kosovo is allocated the +383 international dialling code, however. The trade is part of the Pristina-Belgrade Action Plan for Telecommunications, signed between Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels last year. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the implementation of the pact has seen some delays, with Kosovar news outlets reporting earlier this month that no progress had been made towards the allocation of a dialling code to the breakaway republic. Austria was expected to submit an application to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Kosovo’s behalf, but has missed two deadlines to do so, reportedly due to delays in MTS’s registration in Kosovo.