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Macedonia - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements.

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The regulations in Macedonia caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate ServicesShort Codes, WAP Billing and Operator Billing.


Regulator

Untitled.png Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Transport and Communication.

 

 Carriers

tmobile_logo_mc_00111.jpg Tmobile

In Macedonia, T-Mobile was previously known as Mobimak. The company has been operating in the Macedonian market since 1996. On September 7, 2006, Mobimak accepted the international T-Mobile branding. By June 2007, T-Mobile reached one million subscribers, out of which eighty-five percent were active and using their services. T-Mobile MK covers ninety-eight percent of the population.

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logo-100x100.jpg ONE (Cosmofon*)

*COSMOFON and the internet provider on.net operate under the name One.

ONE is a telecommunication operator in Macedonia, the first operator in the country with a complete offer of telecommunications services and a member of the powerful Telekom Slovenia Group, one of the most successful groups in Southeast Europe, with subsidiaries in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania as well as 50% ownership in the national operator in Gibraltar, Gibtelecom.

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Logo_Vipnet.jpg.519878.jpg VIP

 

VIP is a private mobile operator in Republic of Macedonia, member of Telekom Austria Group, which has over 23 million satisfied customers in eight countries in the region.  Also known as leader of innovations, new services and technologies developed to be introduced in the markets where they are.

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 Market Statistics

Summary

Macedonia’s mobile market is served by a triopoly of mobile network operators, two of which benefit from the know-how and clout of parent companies Deutsche Telekom and Telekom Austria. Mobile data services are also available and this market is also expected to become increasingly important as new subscriber additions fade in the maturing mobile voice market. With WCDMA/HSPA networks in place, the focus for mobile data has shifted to mobile broadband offerings.

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Geography
Area: Total: 25,713 sq km Land: 25,433 sq km Water: 280 sq km
Cities: SKOPJE (capital) 480,000 (2009)
Terrain: mountainous territory covered with deep basins and valleys; three large lakes, each divided by a frontier line; country bisected by the Vardar River
Climate: warm, dry summers and autumns; relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall

 

People
Nationality: Noun: Macedonian(s) Adjective: Macedonian
Population: 2,077,328 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 0.248% (2011 est.)
Language: Macedonian (official) 66.5%, Albanian (official) 25.1%, Turkish 3.5%, Roma 1.9%, Serbian 1.2%, other 1.8% (2002 census)
Flag: flag_macedonia.png

 

Government
Type: Parliamentary democracy
Independence: 8 September 1991 
Constitution: Adopted 17 November 1991, effective 20 November 1991; amended November 2001, 2005 and in 2009
Branches: Chief of state: President Gjorge IVANOV; head of government: Prime Minister Nikola GRUEVSKI; cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the majority vote of all the deputies in the Assembly; 
Political parties: Democratic Alliance; Democratic Party of Serbs in Macedonia; Democratic Party of the Albanians; Democratic Party of Turks in Macedonia; Democratic Union for Integration; Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity; Liberal Democratic Party; Liberal Party; Movement for Reconstruction of Macedonia; New Alternative; New Democracy; New Social-Democratic Party; Party for Democratic Action in Macedonia; Party for European Future; Social-Democratic Union of Macedonia; Socialist Party; Union of Roma of Macedonia; United for Macedonia; VMRO-Macedonian
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Economy
Nominal GDP: $20 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $9,700 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 0.7% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: low-grade iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, manganese, nickel, tungsten, gold, silver, asbestos, gypsum, timber, arable land
Agriculture: grapes, tobacco, vegetables, fruits; milk, eggs
Industry: food processing, beverages, textiles, chemicals, iron, steel, cement, energy, pharmaceuticals
Trade: Export - Germany 20.2%, Italy 7.1%, Bulgaria 7.1%, Greece 6.4% (2010) Import - Germany 11.5%, Russia 11.1%, Greece 8.3%, Bulgaria 8.2%, UK 7%, Turkey 5.1%, Italy 5.1% (2010)

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Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Europe 1057.4 51.8 2,042 $10112 $20821000 95.1 2120
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Currency

The denar (ISO 4217 code: MKD) is the currency of the Republic of Macedonia. It is subdivided into 100 deni.

100 MKD in £GBP

100 MKD in $USD

100 MKD in €EUR

 

 Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF).

 

Promotional Guidelines

You will need to ensure that you include the following points on your promotion:

- Price in "x.xx + standard network rate" format
- Price immediately following the short code / keywords
- Price in at least 50% font size of the short code / keywords
- If competition provide a free route of entry
- "This is not a subscription service." present
- "Need help? {Insert non-premium helpline number or email address}." 

 

Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing for Macedonia. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

 

Service Types

- Adult content is available but the service must state that its for over 18s only. 

- Certain services will require specific licenses to run for example Competitions and lotteries. A license will need to be in place to gain approval.

All services will be reviewed to ensure that you are delivering value for money and the service is honest and fair. 

 

Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed lines and Mobile Terminated (MT) billed lines on dedicated codes in Macedonia. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.

 

Available Tariffs

The available tariffs in Macedonia is 35.40 MKD, 41.30 MKD, 59.00 MKD,106.20 MKD for one time services and 59 MKD, 118 MKD for subscriptions.

For a more up to date list of tariffs please ask your Account Manager for a Macedonian Premium SMS Rate Card.

 

Shortcodes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Macedonia, we operate on a 6 digit short code for each carrier. 

 

Tax

The current Macedonia rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.

 

Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Macedonia via the txtNation Gateway

 

Macedonia has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services
  • Operator Billing (Direct-to-bill)
  • WAP Billing
  • MSISDN Pass-through 

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Macedonia include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS 

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Macedonia of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Macedonia. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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