Telephone numbers in Kosovo
Location of Kosovo (dark green)
|Typical format||04x xxx xxx|
|Country calling code||+383|
|International call prefix||00|
The dialing code for Kosovo 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.
Previously Used Number Range
|Number range||Usage||Host country|
|+377 44||Mobile phone networks||Monaco|
|+381 28||Landlines and mobile phone networks||Serbia|
|+386 43||Mobile phone networks||Slovenia|
Current Number Range
|Number range||Usage||Host country|
|+383 28||Landlines||Kosovo |
|+383 43||Mobile phone networks|
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 towork 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||Ferizaj, Kaçanik, Štrpce, Elez Han|
|Gjakova||390||Gjakova, Deçan, Junik|
|Gjilan||280||Gjilan, Kamenica, Vitina, Novo Brdo|
|Mitrovica||28||Mitrovica, Vučitrn, Skenderaj, Zvečan, Leposavić, Zubin Potok|
|Peć||39||Peć, Istok, Klina|
|Pristina||38||Pristina, Gračanica, Kosovo Polje, Lipljan, Obilić|
|Prizren||29||Prizren, Suva Reka, Orahovac, Dragaš|
|Country Code||Calling Code||Operator’s|
|+383||045, 046||Z Mobile|
|112||Unified emergency number|
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- "Telecommunications: Kosovo's callers forced to talk in foreign codes". Financial Times. 13 December 2009.
- List of Recommendation ITU-T E.164 Assigned Country Codes
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