Telephone numbers in Kosovo
Location of Kosovo (dark green)
|Country calling code||+383|
|International call prefix||00|
The dialing code for Kosovo[a] is +383. Assigned to Kosovo by ITU with the agreement of the Administration of the Republic of Serbia after the reached agreement in the EU led dialog between Pristina and Belgrade.  Its dialing code was initially expected to become effective on January 1, 2015 but it was postponed to the finalization of the agreement in late August 2015. With the agreement of the Administration of the Republic of Serbia, the Director of TSB has assigned the international codes to Kosovo. Kosovo is represented in ITU as Kosovo* which the designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. Also the EU handed over to mts d.o.o.,[clarification needed] the temporary authorisation for mobile and the licence for fixed telephony services to be undertaken in Kosovo issued by the Kosovo Telecommunication Regulatory Authority.
Following the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia in 1992, which had +38 as country code, Kosovo used the code +381, which was granted to FR Yugoslavia and later used by Serbia. The code was used for fixed line telephone services, whereas for mobile phone networks, it used either the Monaco code +377 or the Slovenian code +386.
|Number range||Usage||Host country|
|+383 TBD||Landlines and mobile phone networks||Kosovo
|+377 44||Mobile phone networks||Monaco
|+381 28||Landlines and mobile phone networks||Serbia
|+386 43||Mobile phone networks||Slovenia
Reactions to +383 code allocation
International Telecommunication Union "will not recognize Kosovo's independence" quote daily Koha Ditore, as ITU will include the footnote on Kosovo" in the technical annexes. Kosovo's NISMA party leader Fatmir Limaj is quoted by KosovaPress agency as saying that with the agreement reached in Brussels, the Kosovo government "allowed the Serbian operator to work in Kosovo". Vice chairman of the Kosovo's radical nationalist Vetëvendosje party, Shpend Ahmeti commented that this agreement actually favors Serbia. “Telephone calls between cities in Serbia and cities in Kosovo will be treated as local calls. Serbia will preserve its assets in Kosovo and it will also have a license for Serb operators within Kosovo. For these favors, Serbia will allow Kosovo to have its own country code. Serbia will allow Kosovo. What a terrible representation!”
|Network Group||Code||Municipalities covered by code|
|Ferizaj||290||Uroševac, Kačanik, Štrpce|
|Gjilan||280||Gnjilane, Kosovska Kamenica, Vitina|
|Mitrovica||28||Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavić, Skenderaj, Vučitrn|
|Peja||39||Peć, Istok, Klina|
|Prishtina||38||Priština, Gračanica, Kosovo Polje, Lipljan|
|Prizren||29||Prizren, Dragaš, Orahovac, Suva Reka|
+377 (Monaco) country calling code is still used until the complete implementation of the new code.
+386 (Slovenia) country calling code is still used until the complete implementation of the new code.
|112||Unified emergency number|
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- | Kosovo represented with a footnote
- "Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the meeting of the EU-facilitated dialogue". EEAS - European Union. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- ITU Operational Bulletin International Codes -5/No. 1114 – 5
- ITU Operational Bulletin Notes common to Numerical and Alphabetical lists of Recommendation ITU-T E.164 assigned country codes - – 18 –
- | EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: Implementation of the arrangement on telecommunication
- *"Telecommunications: Kosovo's callers forced to talk in foreign codes". Financial Times. 13 December 2009.
- "Realizohet thirrja e parë me kodin e ri +383 [video]". KOHA.net. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
- " Use of Monaco country code 377 in Kosovo". International Telecommunication Union, ITU.
- "iPKO establishment history: 1999". iPKO.
- "ITU "to include Kosovo footnote" in dialing code docs". B92. Tanjug. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- Tota, Elton (14 November 2016). "Kosovo and Serbia strike a deal on the country’s telephone code". IBNA. Independent Balkan News Agency. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- "Telecommunications: Kosovo's callers forced to talk in foreign codes". Financial Times. 13 December 2009.
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