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