Podgorica – The application of the new telephone code of Montenegro, 382, began yesterday with fixed phones, even though the Montenegrin and the Serbian agencies for telecommunications haven’t agreed about the dead line of parallel usage of the new and the old code 381.
– We agreed about the beginning, and we still need to make an agreement about the period of parallel application – said yesterday for “Vijesti” director of the Agency for telecommunications Zoran Sekulic.
The agency has controlled the functioning of the number 382 with Macedonia, BiH, and Slovenia. It still cannot be dialed from all foreign countries until their operators adjust the system.
In the announcement of the Agency it is stated that the new code in the mobile phone lines could start in “two – three weeks”. The present mobile code is 220, and 297 should replace it. It is not displayed on the screen of the phone, and it is not dialed when calling someone.
Old codes remain to Serbia, and Montenegro got the new ones from International union for telecommunication after it won independence.
Serbian agency RATEL suggested shorter periods of parallel applications of codes, for fixed phones until the 1st of June, and for mobile phones until the 30th of September.
Montenegrin agency suggests that with the fixed phones it should last 6 months, and with mobile phones four years. That was asked by both T-Mobile and Pro monte because they claim that that is the amount of time that they need to adjust themselves to the new code, to make arrangements with their partners, to test the functioning of roaming and the calls from abroad, to reduce the expenses of SIM cards and of decoding of phones. In the companies they think that the new operator, Telekom Srbija is in favor because they will start with the new code.
Skulic earlier noted that Telekom Srbija is not in favor and that the objections are a part of the fight for maintaining of the market position.
From RATEL they still haven’t responded to Montenegrin suggestion.
– I hope that we well make the agreement soon, because we have raised the communication to a higher level and we have written a letter to the president of UO RATEL. If it is necessary the ministries and the governments will be included – said Sekulovic.