The government has taken initiative in the telecom sector and come up with one license for all telecom related services which is known as unified license. Under unified license, the license holder is eligible to apply for ISP license for different areas. You need to obtain unified license in order to provide ISP services in different areas. There is no separate ISP license as such. You must obtain ISP authorization under the unified license.

Every company is assigned with one unified license only. A company can apply for multiple ISP authorizations for different areas under one unified license.


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Documents Needed For ISP License

The documents needed for ISP license are as follows –

  1. Certified copy of incorporation certificate
  2. List of partners/promoters
  3. Details of existing telecom service license held by the company (If any)
  4. Memorandum of association
  5. Articles of association
  6. Audited balance sheet of last 3 years
  7. Details of FIPB clearance (if any)
  8. Resolution of board of directors/other proofs. All statutory papers will be signed by the person authorized to be the main signatory.
  9. Central board of excise & customs
  10. All signatories should be resident Indian citizens (Valid ID proof)
  11. Details of infrastructure/network diagram

Eligibility for Internet Service Provider (ISP) License

In order to become eligible to obtain ISP license in India, a company should be registered under companies’ act 1956/2013. In case your company is not registered under companies’ act 1956/2013, an applicant needs to file an application with the registrar of companies’ through the consultant in the prescribed format.

Procedure Of Getting An ISP License In India

The procedure of getting an ISP license in India is as follows –

Step – 1 – In the first step, you have to check the eligibility. To obtain an ISP license, your company should be registered under the companies act, 1956. In case your company is not registered, visit the registrar of companies’ website to know how to register a company.

Step – 2 – In the next step, you have to decide which category of ISP license you will choose for your registered company. There are three categories of ISP licenses –

  1. Class A (National area)
  2. Class B (Telecom circle/Metro area)
  3. Class C (Secondary switching area)

The cost of ISP license is quite high. Therefore, you must select your license as per your needs.

Step – 3 – After selecting the license as per your need, you need to focus on the cost & budgeting details of the license. Cost for each category of ISP license is mentioned in a tabular form below –

Service Minimum equity Minimum net worth Entry fee (Rs.) Performance BG (Rs.) Financial BG (Rs.) Application processing fee (Rs.) Total capital required (Rs.)
Class A (National area) Nil Nil 30 Lakh 2 Crore 10 Lakh 50 Thousand 2,40,50,000
Class B (Telecom circle/ Metro area) Nil Nil 2 Lakh 10 lakh 1 Lakh 15 Thousand 13,15,000
Class C (Secondary switching area) Nil Nil 20 Thousand 50 Thousand 10 Thousand 10 Thousand 90,000

The total capital required for a Class A license is Rs.24050000

The total capital required for Class B license is Rs.1315000

The total capital required for Class C License is Rs.90000

From the above table, it is clearly understood that capital required for Class A is very high as compared to Class B & C.

In case you apply for class C ISP license, you don’t required more than 3-4 Lakh rupees depending upon the lawyer or ISP consultant fees.

After selecting the category of the ISP license from the above table, it is important for you to know how the application process will go forward.

Step – 4 – In the fourth step, you have to do the following in order to obtain ISP license –

  1. Fill the application form
  2. A non-refundable fee of Rs.15000 must be paid by the applicant either by demand draft or by pay order from any schedule bank payable in the name of “PAY AND ACCOUNTS OFFICER (HQ), SANCHAR BHAWAN, NEW DELHI” along with the application form.
  3. Submit all required official documents

Step – 5 – After submitting your application form along with the fees and required documents, telecom department will review your application and respond to you within 60 days. In case, there is any issue with your application, response from the telecom department may get delayed. If there is no problem found in your application, department of telecom will issue a “letter of intent” in your favour. However, there are chances that your application may get rejected or delayed due to non-compliance in the following areas –

  1. Legal
  2. Hardware
  3. Security
  4. Commercial
  5. Contractual

However, Human errors may also become the reason for delay in application sometimes. For ex – incomplete form submission.

Before submitting your application form, it is advisable that you must review your application from ISP consultant or lawyer to obtain ISP authorization under unified license.

Step – 6 – After taking advice from an ISP consultant or lawyer, you can easily submit the application form. In case there is no issue find in your application, Department of telecom will issue a “letter of intent” in your favour. After issuing of the letter, you need to submit the following –

  1. You need to submit the one-time fee as per the table shown above along with the bank guarantee. The total fee for category A license is Rs.24050000, category B license is Rs.1315000 and category C is Rs.90000.
  2. In addition to one-time fee, you need to submit a signed license agreement with the department of telecom. You need to submit the documents mentioned on the letter of intent and other required documents too (if any)
  3. Be aware that the one time entry fees you will pay in order to get ISP license is non-refundable and will not be returned back in any circumstances.

Kindly note that once the letter of intent is issued by the telecom department, you have to fulfill all the requirements mentioned in the letter of intent within a specific period.

Step - 7 – After reviewing and approving the application, ISP license will be issued under unified license to your company for a period of 20 years. Department of telecom will contact you directly or via e-mail to inform that whether you have been issued the ISP license.


ISP License Validity

Under unified license, ISP authorizations will be issued for a period of 20 years.

ISP License FAQ’S

ISP license is needed by the companies to provide telecom services in different areas. It is issued under unified license by the telecom department.
ISP license is valid for 20 years.
Only one unified license is issued to each company by the telecom department. You can apply for multiple ISP authorizations under one unified license.
In order to become eligible to obtain ISP license in India, your company should be registered under companies’ act 1956/2013.
The different categories of ISP license are as follows –
  1. Class A (National area)
  2. Class B (Telecom circle/Metro area)
  3. Class C (Secondary switching area)

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