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One time entry fee is required to be submitted along with the bank guarantees. Signed License Agreement is required to be submitted with the DOT. All other Documents mentioned under letter of intent is required to be submitted with in the stipulated time.

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What is ISP License?

The Government of India has taken initiative for telecom related services in India and came up with one license which is known as Unified License.Unified License Holder is eligible to apply for ISP license for different areas. For providing ISP services one has to obtain Unified License. Therefore it has been cleared that there is a requirement of obtaining ISP authorization under the Unified License.

Unified License holder is eligible to apply for multiple ISP authorizations of different areas. However, if we talk about the validity of the ISP authorizations then it will be valid up to the tenure of the Unified License.

What are the categories of ISP License?

ISP license is categorized into three following categories:

Following categories depends upon the various factors such as City/State/Town/District/Village:

What are the categories of ISP License

Regulatory Body /Authority

The primary regulatory body or authority for issuing the Internet Service Provider License is the Department of Telecommunication (DOT). The Government of India has come out with a system of Unified License for electronics and telecommunication. Such a system allows the license holder to apply for the Internet Service Provider License in different areas.

Such license is required by the applicant to operate ISP within a particular area. Hence from the above it can be understood that there is no form of separate license for the ISP. Only for ISP authorisation purposes the Unified License would be allowed.

Benefits of ISP License

Benefits of ISP License


By securing an ISP license in India the applicant would be reputed in the eyes of the public.


An applicant receiving the above license would be compliant with the requirements of the DOT

Eligibility Criteria for Applying for ISP License

The following eligibility criterion has to be satisfied by the applicant to apply for the ISP license:

The applicant must be a company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 or the Companies Act, 1956.

What are the categories of ISP License?

ISP license is categorized into three following categories:

Following categories depends upon the various factors such as City/State/Town/District/Village:

  • Class A (National Area)
  • Class B (Telecom Circle/Metro Area)
  • Class C (Secondary Switching Area)

How much fees will be involved?

Government of India has taken initiative to promote accessibility of internet in those towns, cities & villages where people has less access of internet. For this purpose prices of class C is cheaper than prices of a Class A or B license.

order to obtain ISP license, one must fulfill the following below mentioned conditions:

Service Minimum Equity Minimum Net worth Entry Fee (Rs.) Performance BG (Rs.) Financial BG (Rs.) Application Processing Fee (Rs.)
ISP “A” (National Area) Nil Nil 30 Lakh 2 Crores 10 Lakh 50 Thousand
ISP “B” (Telecom circle/Metro Area) Nil Nil 2 Lakh 10 Lakh 1 Lakh 15 Thousand
ISP “C” (SSA) Nil Nil 20 Thousand 50 Thousand 10 Thousand 10 Thousand

For Class C license, total required capital is INR 90,000/- whereas in case of Class A license it is 2 ½ crores.

Now let's discuss about the process of filing an application for ISP license.

Procedure for Securing the ISP License in India

Step 1- Register Company

First the applicant has to register the company under the Companies Act, 2013 or previous company law. For this the applicant has to go to the Registrar of Companies.

Step 2 - Choose the Category of ISP

The applicant has to select the correct category for the ISP license. There are different categories of ISP license. Either the applicant can go for Class A or Class B or Class C category. If an applicant wants to go for Class A it is more expensive compared to other classes.

Step 3 - Conditions related to Budgeting and Financing

The applicant has to select which class to consider based on the budgetary requirements of the company. Based on the above, the applicant has to go for a particular category.

Step 4 - Fill in the application form

Once the category of ISP license is determined by the applicant, then the application form can be filled. With this form, a non-refundable fee must be provided to the department. The fee which has to be deposited is INR 15,000/-.  Along with these two copies of the application form must be provided along with the application. Such fee must be paid in the form of a Demand Draft or a Pay Order payable at New Delhi issued in the name of Pay & Accounts Officer (Headquarter) DOT. After this the applicant should also provide the requisite Paper works.

Step 5 - Submit the Application

Once the application is completed, the same will be submitted to the Department of Telecommunication. After this it will take about 60 working days of the department to get back with the application.


Step 6 - Issue of Letter of Intent

If the application has no form of inconsistencies or errors, then the DOT will issue a letter of intent in favour of the applicant. However, if there is some form of problems or inconsistencies with the application the same will be rejected by the department. Any reason for rejection would be mentioned by the department. Common reasons for rejection include non-compliance with legal or regulatory problems. Hence it is crucial for the applicant to secure some form of sound advice from an ISP consultant before submitting the ISP application with the Department under the system of Unified License.


Step 7 - After Letter of Intent is secured

After the department provides the applicant with the letter of intent the following requirements have to be carried out by the applicant.

  • Requirement to submit one- time fee along with specific form of bank guarantees. The amount which has to be submitted is as follows:

    • Rs 2.4 Crores for Category A

    • Rs 13 Lakhs for Category B

    • Rs 90,000 for Category C

  • Along with the above, the applicant would have to sign an agreement with the DOT. This agreement is the license agreement which the applicant enters into with the DOT.
  • All the above requirements have to be fulfilled by the applicant within a specific span of time. Once the letter of intent is provided such requirements have to carried out by the applicant.

Step 8- Confirmation

If all the above procedures go smoothly, then the department would provide an unconditional confirmation and grant the Unified License for a period of 20 years. The DOT will contact the applicant if the application has been accepted.

Documents Required for ISP registration

The following Documents are required for ISP license registration:

  • Company Incorporation Documents
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Directors Details
  • Bank Guarantees

How to file an application for ISP license in India?

  • The first step is to select an ISP license category thereafter an application is required to be filed.
  • An applicant has to pay non-refundable Processing Fee of INR 15,000/- either by DD or Pay Order from a Schedule Bank payable at New Delhi on the name of Pay & Accounts Officer (Headquarter) DOTalong with the two copies of application form.
  • Besides this, other official Documents are required to be provided as per the prescribed guidelines of the government.

After filing of an application form along with the prescribed fees, Telecom Department of the Government will verify the application and respond back within a period of 60 days. After verification if DOT finds no issue than department will issue "Letter of Intent".

What will be the validity?

ISP authorization will be issued for a period of 20 years under the Unified License.

Hire a professional to avoid Rejection

However, in case of any issue department (DOT) may delay in giving response with in a prescribed period of time. Issue can be raised by the department due to incomplete submission or information, non-compliance, incomplete Documents etc.

To avoid such rejection of an application one must hire a consultant to review application or file on your behalf with the department. As the ISP licensing process is quite technical. There are many instances in the past where the application is rejected due to above mentioned reasons. Therefore it is always advisable to hire a professional for Paper works to save time and money.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An internet service provider is also known as an ISP. Basically it is a company which is formed for providing internet services within a particular area.

Usually the license provided by the DOT would be when the applicant makes an application to register as an ISP. For running this an ISP license is required.

Yes the applicant would have to be registered as a company to apply for the ISP license.

There are three types of categories under ISP license:

• Class A (National Area)

• Class B (Telecom Circle/Metro Area)

• Class C (Secondary Switching Area)

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