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What is ISP License?

ISP or internet service providers need to obtain a specific license in order to start the operations. This license is categorised in the 3 types depending upon the regions in which the internet service can be provided.

These types are:

  • ISP Category A License: This is for ISPs that want to provide internet service all over the country.
  • Category B License: This is for ISPs that want to provide internet services in 20 territorial regions.
  • Category C License: This is for ISPs that seek to provide internet service in any secondary switching area of

However, there is no category specific license, there is only a single unified license through which it can be stated in which category, and you are looking to provide internet services.

What is the government fees for each category?

Service Entry Fee in Rupees PBG in Rupees FBG in Rupees Application Process Fee in Rupees
ISP category A (National Area) 30 lakhs 2 Crores < 1.5Cr u10 lakhs 50000
ISP category B (Telecom Circle/ Metro Area) 2 lakhs 10 lakhs 1 lakhs 15
ISP category (Secondary Switching Area) 20000 50000 10000 10000

Who can apply for ISP License?

To apply an ISP license in India, you need to register a company under the Companies Act, 2013. The Company can be OPC, Private or Public Limited.

Documents Required for ISP License?

PAN Card

PAN Card of shareholders and Directors. Foreign nationals must provide a valid passport.

Identity Proof

Aadhar card and Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License of Shareholders and Directors.

Director’s Address Proof

Latest Telephone Bill /Electricity Bill/ Bank Account Statement of Shareholders and Directors.


Latest Passport size photograph of Shareholders and Directors.

Business Address Proof

Latest Electricity Bill/ Telephone Bill of the registered office address

NOC from owner

No Objection Certificate to be obtained from the owner(s) of registered office

Rent Agreement

Rent Agreement of the registered office should be provided if any


In case of NRI or Foreign National, documents of director(s) must be notarized or apostilled

What is the process of ISP License registration?

Following are the steps of registration:

  1. Preparation & Submission of Documents 15 to 20 Days
  2. Issuance of Letter of Intent (LOI) 60 to 90 Days
  3. Submission of LOI Compliance 15 to 20 Days
  4. Signing of Final Agreement 15 to 20 Days

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISP License

Initially Government of India, Department of Telecommunications (DOT) started to provide Internet services or all telecom related services in India by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited. On later stage as demands got increased, Government of India has opened up the doors for Private Sectors as well. Now Private Sector Company can also apply for Internet Service Provider (ISP) Licence. This license is commonly known as Unified License (UL). Private Sector Companies can apply for ISP license for different areas under Unified License. It is mandatory for Company to have Unified License for providing ISP services for a certain area. One Company can acquire only one Unified License (UL), but can also apply for more than one ISP Authorization for other areas. Although validity of all Authorization shall be till the validity of Unified License (UL)

When should I apply for a Unified (ISP) license?

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.

What is the validity Unfied (ISP) License?

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

Which service area authorization should I opt for?

Under unified license, the license holder can apply for authorization of different services & service areas. 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. Currently in India, there are 3 categories of Unified (ISP) license service area authorization:

  • Category ‘A’ – National Area
  • Category ‘B’ – Telecom Circle/Metro Area
  • Category ‘C’ – Secondary Switching Area
How much time does this application take?

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.

What are the annual/quarterly compliance and costs for ISP License holder?

Once you are a licensed ISP, you need to submit a quarterly report of your customer base, billing details, upload & download details. Also, you are required to pay 8% of your Gross Revenue to DoT.

Do I have to visit any Government office in person ?

No. ISP DOT License registration process is 100 % online. You need to send us documents over mail. Our expert will make application on behalf of your company.