30 April 2018
BANGLADESH: Official Pre-Approval Now Mandatory for Import of IoT Devices
Any business importing Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices with a power output capacity of more than 2W is now obliged to secure prior approval from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), with the required registration said to cost Taka 25,000 (US$300). In the case of IoT devices with a capacity of 2W or below, while no such pre-approval is required, the importer most still pay a Taka 5,500 registration fee to the BTRC.
The move comes as the volume of the country’s IoT imports is expected to spike. This is seen as a direct consequence of the wider use of the technology in a number of the country’s key business sectors, including smart buildings, industry automation, smart grids, water and waste management, smart agriculture, tele-care, intelligent transport systems, environmental management, smart urban lighting and smart parking.