Kosovo is on track to complete the migration to its international dialling code of +383 by the end of June this year, chairman of the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP) Kreshnik Gashi confirmed in an interview with Telegrafi. All of the nation’s telecom service providers will be obliged to use the code from 1 July this year, with the official suggesting that Serbian state-owned MTS – which serves the north of the country along with several Serb-dominated areas – may have resisted or encountered difficulties with the conversion. ‘We are working [to ensure] that the provider operating in the northern and some other settlements switches to the +383 code by the end of June this year,’ said Mr Gashi.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Kosovo secured the rights to its own international dialling code in December 2016 as part of an EU-brokered agreement with Serbia. The code was used for the first time in February 2017, the nation’s providers having previously used a mixture of codes, including +381 (Serbia), +386 (Slovenia) and +377 (Monaco).