Guidelines for use of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Technology in Bangladesh



1.1. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (the Commission) has the responsibility under BangladeshTelecommunication Act 2001 (the Act) to ensure access to reliable and reasonably priced Internet-services for the greater number of people, as far as practicable. With this aim in view, the Commission is considering the use of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology for last-mile access solutions to open up new possibilities and create enabling situations for greater Internet penetration at an affordable cost.

1.2. The Commission is hereby providing guidelines for the approved commercial/non-commercial use of the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band frequencies in Bangladesh using the Wi-Fi technology in order to ensure rapid expansion of services and accelerated increase in Internet penetration.

1.3. These guidelines are to be read subject to the Act and other relevant laws and in conjunction with the respective operators’ license conditions.

1.4. These guidelines may be withdrawn, revised, updated, or amended from time to time, without any prior notice, to take into consideration various factors including but not limited to, any threat to public health, national interest, national security, and pursuant to statute or court orders.

2.1. As per the National Frequency Allocation Plan 2005 (NFAP 2005), the spectrum from the ISM band in 2.4000-2.4835 GHz and 5.725-5.875 GHz is allocated for Wi-Fi use.

2.2. Access to the spectrum will be on a shared basis. There will be no exclusive assignment to any individual or organization, whether for private, public, or commercial use.

2.3. Any Government or Private Organization/Educational Institution/Corporate Body can establish and use Wi-Fi networks on a non-commercial/non-profit basis.

2.4. Household/private users are not required to take any permission from the Commission or pay any levy/charge for using Wi-Fi in the given ISM band.

2.5. Both indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi is permitted in the given spectrum of the ISM band. However, the maximum power output for the Wi-Fi equipment is limited to 1 watt.

2.6. All commercial Wi-Fi Hotspot operators/service providers shall possess an ISP or equivalent License (e.g., BWA License). Existing operators having such a License from the Commission will be eligible to establish a Wi-Fi network for providing the last-mile solution.

2.7. Operators/service providers will submit a detailed list of Wi-Fi 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 The list published by the Commission.

2.8. 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 Wi-Fi equipment. Guideline for Application and Application form is available at Existing ISM band operators who wish to adapt their present Wi-Fi equipment for the same purpose may also be provided permission from the Commission on a case by case basis.

2.9. 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 Wi-Fi equipment in Bangladesh.

2.10. The Commission reserves the right to cancel the permission if any complication arises anytime.

Source: BTRC 

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