September 4, 2008

BTRC has announced Guidelines for use of WiFi Technology

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is considering the use of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) Technology for last mile access solutions to open up new possibilities and create situation for greater Internet penetration at an affordable cost. The Commission has provided guidelines for the approved commercial/non-commercial use of the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band frequencies in Bangladesh using the WiFi technology in order to ensure rapid expansion of services and accelerated increase in Internet penetration.

As per the National Frequency Allocation Plan 2005 (NFAP 2005), spectrum from the ISM band in 2.4000-2.4835 GHz and 5.725-5.875 GHz is allocated for WiFi use. Access to the spectrum will be on shared basis. There will be no exclusive assignment to any individual or organizations, whether for private, public or commercial use. Any Government or Private Organization/Educational Institution/Corporate Body can establish and use WiFi Network on non commercial/non-profit basis.

Household/private users are not required to take any permission from the Commission or pay any levy/charge for using WiFi in the given ISM band. Both indoor and outdoor WiFi is permitted in the given spectrum of ISM band. However, the maximum power output for the WiFi equipment is limited to 1 watt. All commercial WiFi Hotspot operators/service providers shall possess an ISP or equivalent License (e.g., BWA License). Existing operators having such License from the Commission will be eligible to establish WiFi network for providing last mile solution.

Operators/service providers will submit a detailed list of WiFi outdoor Hotspots to the Commission. There will be levy/charges applicable annually for all hotspots. The levy/charge shall be charged as per the Rate List published by the Commission. All service providers will obtain permission in the form of No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Commission for importation, deployment, use and providing any service with WiFi equipment. Guideline for Application and Application form is available at BTRC site. Existing ISM band operators who wish to adapt their present WiFi equipment for the same purpose may also be provided permission from the Commission on case by case basis.

All vendors in possession of “Dealer Possession and Radio Communication Equipment Vendor License” issued by the Commission are eligible to apply for NOC for importation and marketing of WiFi equipment in Bangladesh.


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