e-Commerce & m-Commerce
BB has issued directives for the banks for starting e-Commerce activities. Permitted transactions are - Online payment of utility bills from client's accounts to recipientís accounts, Transfer of money from one account of a client to another account in the same bank, Payment/collection of money from/to buyerís bank account to sellerís bank account for buy/sale of products and Transaction via internet using credit card in local currency. From March 11, 2011 following transactions has been given permission. Not-over TK.5,00,000 can be transferred from one clients account to another clients account lying in the same bank using internet/online facilities subject to the fact that it will fully comply with prevailing Money Laundering Prevention legislations and related circulars.
In order to start M-Commerce in Bangladesh, mobile network operators have been given permission to sell railway tickets and tickets of cricket matches organized by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) using mobile technology. Three Telcos have got permission for m-Commerce related transactions. Approximately 425,000 utility (water, gas and electricity) bill payments are made and 12,000 train tickets are sold per month. Besides, tickets of the cricket matches organized by Bangladesh Cricket Control Board are also sold via m-commerce.