Telenor Serbia and Mobilkom Serbia, which operates under the VIP Mobile brand, have confirmed that they will stop providing mobile services in Kosovo from 1 May, in accordance with an EU-brokered agreement between Pristina and Belgrade over telecoms services in Serbia and Kosovo. On that date, the duo will remove fifteen base stations (ten belonging to Telenor, five to VIP), whilst two of Telenor’s towers will be donated to the municipalities of Leposavic and Kosovska Mitrovica. The pair will continue to serve their existing customers in Kosovo via an agreement with Serbian state-owned cellco MTS, which was licensed by Kosovo’s authorities to operate in the territory as part of the EU-brokered pact.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Serbia’s mobile providers currently offer services in the border regions of Kosovo without the necessary licences, but agreed to end the practice as part of a deal between the two countries. Under the agreement, Serbia ended its obstruction to the allocation of an international dialling code to Kosovo, whilst the breakaway republic allowed MTS to legitimately offer telecoms services in the Serb-majority areas in the north of the country.