Kosovo to receive own dialling code by October

15 Sep 2016

Kosovo is expected to be allocated its own international dialling code in early October this year, Kreshnik Gashi, the chairman of telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP) told Kosova Press. According to the official, Serbia ‘will remove its blockade’ so that Kosovo can be given its own dialling code, +383, by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). At the same time, Mr Gashi confirmed that ARKEP would allocate a limited, temporary mobile licence to an unnamed operator – understood to be Telekom Srbija, which operates under the MTS brand – currently offering wireless services illegally in parts of Kosovo. The licence will only last until ARKEP issues a full national licence for a third mobile operator, however.