Apply for an ISP License in India

Our legal experts and ISP business consultants can help you with DoT's Unified license application process for service area categories 'A', 'B' or 'C'.

4 steps to get your ISP License

Our ISP consultants can help you apply for a Unified (ISP) License

1. Check eligibility criteria

Apply for an ISP license in India with our ISP consultant's assistance. But first, check if you're eligible.

2. Check required documents

To assist you with you ISP License application, you or your CA need need to check required documents

3. Compile Documents

A dedicated ISP consultant will guide you after have you have kept your basic documents ready.

4. Get your ISP License!

After you get an approval from DoT on your ISP license, our ISP consultants will assist to buy bandwidth from Class-A providers

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for an ISP License in India you need:

1. a Pvt. Ltd or Ltd Company

To apply for an ISP License you must have registered Private Limited (Pvt. Ltd.) or Public Limited (Ltd.) company. (Ask your CA for more details if you are unsure about this)

2. ISP mentioned in company's MoA

Your company's Memorandum of Assoication (MoA) should have the term 'Internet Service Provider' mentioned in it. (Ask your CA for more details if you are unsure about this)

Requirements

To assist you with your ISP License Application, we need you or your CA to send us the following information:
  1. Company Name (Pvt. Ltd or Ltd)
  2. Company's Email ID
  3. Registered Company Number
  4. Registered Address of the Company
  5. Company Directors' Names
  6. Profit sharing ratio of Directors
  7. Name of Authorized Director of company (for signing and communications via DoT)
  1. A scanned copy of your company's Article of Association (AoA)
  2. A scanned copy of your company's Memorandum of Association (MoA)
  3. A scanned copy of your company's Certificate of Incorporation (COI)
  1. Name of your CA
  2. Contact Number of your CA
  3. CA’s Firm name
  4. CA Membership No.
  5. CA's Firm Reg. No.

 

A dedicated ISP consultant will be assigned to you after you compile the required documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Some insights between our clients and our ISP Consultants

If you have no experience in the ISP business & limited capital to invest, we recommend you to opt for an existing ISP's franchise.

If you have some experience in the ISP business, you can consider opting for an ISP license.

Having an ISP license makes it easier to buy bandwidth at cheaper rates. However, this only makes sense if you have an existing subscriber base.

Your ISP license agreement is valid for a period of 20 years.

The Government of India has come up with one license for all telecom related services, known as a Unified License. Under unified license, the license holder can apply for authorization of different services & service areas. To become an ISP, one must acquire a Unified License under which he will obtain Authorization for providing ISP services. Hence, it must be understood that one has to apply for an ISP Authorization for a service area under the Unified License.

One company can hold only one Unified License, but can apply for service area authorization of multiple services and/or service areas. In India, there are 3 categories of Unified (ISP) license service area authorization:

  1. Category 'A' - National Area
  2. Category 'B' - Telecom Circle/Metro Area  (Click here to view list of Category ‘B’ Service Areas)
  3. Category 'C' - Secondary Switching Area (Click here to view list of Category ‘C’ Service Areas)

The complete process from filing your application to getting the Unified (ISP) license takes about 3-5 months.

Once you file your application, the DoT will issue you a 'Letter of intent' within 2 months. After this, it takes about 1-3 months to furnish all bank guarantees and additional information required by the DoT.

  1. Once you're a licensed ISP, the DoT asks you to submit a quarterly report of your customer base, billing details & upload & download details.
  2. You are also required to pay 8% of your Gross Revenue to DoT.

[This compliance can be filed via our ISP consultant on an annual agreement basis with them. Read more*]

Costs

ISP License application associated costs

Category 'A'

Valid for 20 Years
Service Area: All India
Time taken: 3-5 months
DoT Application Fees: ₹30,50,000
Bank Guarantee: ₹2,10,00,000
Total: ₹2,40,50,000
Costs do not include our consultancy fees

Category 'B'

Valid for 20 Years
Time taken: 3-5 months
DoT Application Fees: ₹2,15,000
Bank Guarantee: ₹11,00,000
Total: ₹13,50,000
Costs do not include our consultancy fees

Category 'C'

Valid for 20 Years
Service Area: Districts / Villages
Time taken: 3-5 months
DoT Application Fees: ₹30,000
Bank Guarantee: ₹60,000
Total: ₹90,000
Costs do not include our consultancy fees