InfrastructureThe road network, consisting of 630 km of main roads, has been rebuilt to a large extent over the past years, with the addition of some completely new roads. With the construction of a highway connecting Albania and Serbia directly through Kosovo, its becoming an important gateway in the corridor connecting the Adriatic Sea to Western Europe.
The road network, consisting of 630 km of main roads, has been rebuilt to a large extent over the past years, with the addition of some completely new roads. With the construction of a highway connecting Albania and Serbia directly through Kosovo, its becoming an important gateway in the corridor connecting the Adriatic Sea to Western Europe.
The railway network in Kosovo has a combined length of 330 km. It covers the entire territory, connecting both the south-north and east-west regions. On the south side as well the north side the railway line provides access to the international railway network.
The ongoing rehabilitation and modernization of Kosovos railway system provides a solid base for satisfy the growing demand for logistical services. The construction of the new line that will connect Pristina to the port of Durres in Albania is under development.
Besides the road and railway networks, Kosovo has a modern international airport. With over one million passengers per year, Pristina International Airport is ranked among the most frequented airports of the region, serving several international airlines and offering flights to the most important European centers. Pristina International Airport has been given with concession to the Limak Airport de Lyon for a period of 20 years, in exchange for a 100 million investment in the modernization and expansion of the Airport , helping it become a regional hub in the near future.
Post and Telecommunication of Kosovo (PTK)
The PTK was incorporated in 2005 and is still a state owned enterprise. It provides various telecommunication services ranging from post, fixed telephone, mobile telephone, and the Internet.
The state owned mobile telephony operator, VALA, is in its final phase of privatization and soon the new owners will own 75% of the companys shares.
The fixed network currently consists of 87,121 telephone connections. Additionally, there are 600 payphones located in public areas as well as 470 in post offices.
A second fixed phone license was issued in 2006 to the private company and internet provider IpkoNet. GSM-services in Kosovo are provided currently by Vala, a subsidiary of PTK, and IPKO, a company owned by Slovenian Telecom, which has acquired the second mobile operator license in Kosovo and started operations in late 2007. Vala has over 1,000,000 subscribers, mostly using the pre-paid system, whereas IPKO has gained over 350,000 subscribers within four years of its establishment.
Energy, Water and Sewage
Kosovo uses 220 V energy network and the plug socket system corresponds to the German standard. A public water supply system as well as sewage services are established throughout the country.