BTRC issues directives on IoT device import

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:42, Apr 24,2018 | Updated: 00:40, Apr 25,2018


The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has issued a set of directives on the import of devices related to installation and operation of internet of things (IoT).
Internet of Things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data with each other.
The BTRC directives issued on Monday made regulatory approval mandatory for the import of devices and intelligent system.
IoT, among others, allows building smart infrastructure, industry automation, smart grids, water management, tele care, smart agriculture, intelligent transport system, environment management, waste management, smart urban lighting and parking system.
A report of HP, an American multinational information technology company, 30 billion devices would be brought under the IoT within the year 2020.
From now on, the importers and suppliers of IoT devices would have to take enlistment certificates from the BTRC, the directive said.
BTRC would issue enlistment certificates for a period of one year, and the importers or suppliers would have to renew the certificates every year.
The importers and suppliers would have to pay Tk 25,000 along with 15 per cent value added tax for the certificate, it added.
On the other hand, the commission would allow import of devices by individuals and there would be no licence fee for such regulatory approval.
In case of non-SIM-based sensor devices, the commission has planned to allocate five bands of spectrum.
Under the national frequency allocation plan, 433.05-434.79 Megahertz, 866-868 MHz, 922-925MHz, 2400-2483.5MHz and 5725-5875MHz spectrum bands would be considered for non-SIM based sensor devices.
For any kind of interruption to any other frequency by non-SIM-based IoT services, the services in those areas will remain closed until further BTRC instruction.

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