The portal quoted Telekom CEO Vladimir Lucic who confirmed that Telekom’s dependent company MTS d.o.o. took over Herc International cable operator in central Kosovo after a number of Kosovo Serbs living south of the Ibar river contacted KoSSev saying that their local cable company had been sold to MTS. Those Serbs said that they no longer had access to United Media’s N1 and Nova S channels.
MTS d.o.o. is registered in Kosovo as a Telekom-owned company which was set up under a 2015 agreement reached by Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels. It took over VGN and Impuls, the two biggest cable operators in northern Kosovo, in 2019 and then bought two more cable companies and stopped broadcasting RTV Mir, a local independent station from Leposavic.
The local RTV KiM reported the purchase earlier on Thursday, adding that the United Media channels were no longer available. The Serbian-language station was told by Herc International sources that those two channels were not available due to technical reasons. It said that MTS is also negotiating to buy remaining cable operators in central Kosovo.