An Internet service provider (ISP), also called Internet access provider) is a business or organization that offers user access to the Internet and related services. They provide services such as internet access, internet transit, name registration and hosting, dial-up access, leased line access. The main objective of ISP is to send the internet services to the doorsteps of people and to strengthen the data communication. There are two types of ISP. They are wired ISP and wireless ISP. Mainly Spectrum Division deals with the wireless ISP in Bangladesh. Seventeen ISP licensees had been assigned spectrum from different bands i.e. 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2300 MHz, 3500 MHz, 5200 MHz, and 5600 MHz. Moreover from ISM band/Unlicensed band which are 2.400-2.483 GHz and 5.725-5.875 GHz spectrum are assigned in favor of different organizations. It is to be noted that, draft instruction of unlicensed band approval procedure is under processing. Once it is finalized, spectrum from this band can be effectively used in a large scale.

ISP’s Spectrum assignment procedure

First of all applicant is to apply to Spectrum Division in the commission approved application form after making payment in favor of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. It is to be mentioned that applicant is to avail ISP License from Legal and Licensing Division, BTRC before applying to Spectrum Division for spectrum assignment. After that basing on Bangladesh Telecommunication Act-2001, and National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) spectrum is assigned. First of all, Spectrum Management Committee recommends to commission regarding spectrum assignment. Then commission decides to assign the said spectrum in the applied band. Moreover, it is to be noted that commission has exclusive authority for allocation, renewal, suspension and cancellation of radio spectrum frequency as well as determination of fees and charges arising out of such allocation of spectrum frequency.

Functions of Spectrum Division with ISPs

  • Providing BTS’s location
  • Resolving interference issues
  • Issuing demand notes to collect revenue
  • Issuing No Objection Certificate (NOC) for specialized CPE and dongles
  • Providing import permission, customs clearance of radio equipments which are to be used in the assigned frequency.

Information regarding No Objection Certificate to import Radio equipments (NOC)

The following documents are required to be submitted for NOC

1.      For prior permission

a)     Application in respective organization’s letterhead pad

b)     Radio equipment’s catalog/ Technical specification/Brochure

c)     Proforma invoice

d)     List of equipments

2.      For customs clearance

a)     Application in respective organizations letterhead pad

b)     Prior permission’s copy

c)     Airway bill

d)     Commercial invoice

e)     Packing list