Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?

  • Country specific certification required

What is the lead time to obtain type approval?

  • 4-6 weeks

Are there any marking or logo requirements?

  • Yes

Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?

  • We can leverage your CE Mark test reports as part of the application process. Contact CSIA for more details.

What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?

  • Most products using telecom technology such as WIFI, Bluetooth, cellular and satellite.

Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?

  • No.

Botswana updates

May 2024

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has informed on updates about the implementation of the type approval guidelines. Despite the lack of an official announcement, the guidelines have been gradually applied but delays in the implementation of the new online system have caused some instructions to be suspended or modified.

October 2023

​BOCRA has announced the equipment exempted from type approval :
Personal computers, laptops, tablets, IoT etc. (embedding WiFi transceivers, Bluetooth transceivers, provided the Wi-Fi transceiver, Wi-Fi5 CERTIFIED™ ;
Receiving equipment only (FM/MW/SW radios, TV, satellite set-top boxes, decoders);
RTTE embedded in vehicles (Blue tooth, navigation, remote sensors, car keys, etc.); however, care should be taken to ensure that RTTE operates in regulated frequency bands ; and ITU-marked GMPCS mobile satellite terminals .
Requirements and deadlines remain the same.

​It is possible to receive an exemption letter for your product as proof of exemption.

Contact CSIA for a complete list of products that are now exempt as well as information on the exemption letter.

March 2023

On February 27, 2023, the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) published the new type approval guidelines that outline the conditions a device must meet in order to be approved for use in Botswana. 

Contact CSIA for more information on type approval requirements in Botswana.

April 2022

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has issued the new Guidelines on the Use of Short-Range Devices (SRDs). The Guidelines already in force describe the regulatory and technical requirements to support and facilitate the effective use of SRDs devices in various spectrum bands.

September 2021

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has issued the Type Approval Verification Guidelines (Sim-Enabled Devices), which shall come into effect on 1st April 2022, aimed at all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), SIM-Enabled Device Supply Chain and SIM-Enabled Device users. Contact CSIA to find out how these changes may affect your cellular products in Botswana.

September 2020

The Botswana authority BOCRA issues from now on type approval without expiration date.
Type Approval certificates which still have an expiry date should be updated 3 months in advance to an approval without expiration date. Note, that changes in equipment will still require a new type approval.

As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contact CSIA for up to date information.

CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc.

Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.

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