ISP License



About ISP Licence

In today scenario, Internet is a basic need of everyone. We can see use of Internet in all areas like Schools, Colleges, Corporate, Hospitals, Banks, and Government Offices Etc. Internet is a very important thing in everyone’s life, It has made life very simple.

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 get increase, Government of India has opened up the doors for Private Sector’s as well. Now Private Sector’s Company can also apply for Internet Service Provider (ISP) Licence. This license is commonly known as Unified License (UL). Private Sector Company’s 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).

ISP Registration Process

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

ISP License Categories

Class A

(National Area)
This license is for Pan India operations.

To see a list of all Nation Area license holders in India, click here.


Class B

(Telecom Circle/Metro Area)

Class B license is issued for a total of 20 major states  or any of the following Metro Cities – Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

The govt keeps issuing notifications regarding territories declared as telecom circles and metro areas from time to time. To know more about the Telecom Circles and Metro Areas in India, click here.

Class C

(Secondary Switching Area)

This license is for only a particular secondary switching area. A secondary switching area is a government defined territory which could comprise of several small villages, towns or even districts. A class C license holder will have access to any 1 particular SSA only, unless he applies for multiple authorizations under one unified License.
To know more about the secondary switching areas in India, click here.

Naturally, a Class A ISP license would be quite expensive, followed by Class B & C respectively.
Click here to know the costs.

Advantages of Private Limited

Simple Registration Process.

Private Limited Company can be registered by two or more persons, by complying with the prescribed limited formalities of the Companies Act, 2013.

         Limited Liability

Limited liability is the greatest benefit of Private Limited Company. If any legal liability arise then neither it’s member nor it’s director’s personally affected; Liability of the members are only for the unpaid amount on shares held by them and not more than that. Shareholders are not liable for Company’s debts and liabilities.

Separate Legal Entity

One of the best advantage of a Private Limited Company is that it is distinct from that of its members. A company is a separate entity having its own rights & Obligations.

Perpetual Succession

A company with ‘perpetual succession’, has continued or uninterrupted existence until it is legally shut down. Company, being a separate legal entity, is not affected by the death of any member or transferable of shares but continues to be in existence.

Funding Capacity

Venture capitalists or Angel Investor’s prefer Private Limited Companies for Investment or funding. It is very easy to issue equity shares and get Investement.

Easy Transferability

Shares of a Private Limited Company are easily transferable by a member to any other person. No more complicated formalities are there.

Owning Property

A company being a separate legal person, can purchase, own, enjoy and alienate or sale, property in its own name. No member or shareholder can make any claim upon the property of the company so long as the company is a going concern.

Minimum Compliance

A Private Limited Company is required to do lesser legal formalities as compared to a Public Limited Company. It gets special exemptions and privileges under the company act, 2013. Therefore, in Private Limited Company, less number of compliance are required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

0.1 What is ISP Licence ?

Initially Government of IndiaDepartment 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 get increase, Government of India has opened up the doors for Private Sector’s as well. Now Private Sector’s Company can also apply for Internet Service Provider (ISP) Licence. This license is commonly known as Unified License (UL). Private Sector Company’s 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).,

0.2 How to (apply for &) get an ISP license in India?

To apply an ISP license in India, you need a registered company under the Companies Act, 2013. Registration SEVA can also help you in getting the Company registered. Company can be a Private Limited Company or Public Limited Company.

0.3 How many Directors are required in Private Limited Company?

Minimum of two directors are required to register a Private Limited Company and the maximum number cannot exceed beyond fifteen.

0.4 How much money do I need to start a Private Limited Company?

In case of Private Limited Company, No minimum capital required.

0.5 List of Documents Required to Process

Documents Requirement

For Directors And Shareholders (In Scan only) :

1. PAN Card
2. Identity Proof – Anyone (Election ID/Passport/Driving License/Aadhar Card)
3. Photographs
4. Address Proof – Anyone and Latest by One Month (Bank Statement/Mobile Bill/Telephone Bill/Electricity Bill)


For Registered Office (In Scan only) :

In case the premises are Rented
Rent agreement

In case the premises are Owned by any Director or any Relative
Registry Proof or House tax receipts + Latest Electricity bill + NOC from the Owner on the name of any Director

0.6 Information Required?

Information Required (Only information NO Documents Required):

1. Education Qualification of all the persons Involved
2. Any Landline number
3. Place of birth of all the persons
4. Mobile Numbers of Directors
5. Email IDs of Directors

Company related Information:

1. State in which company will be registered
2. Complete Registered office address along with PIN Code
3. Proposed business of the company in brief
4. Proposed Name of the company
Name should be like thisFirst Name – To be unique eg. XYZ
Second Part – Activity Word eg. If Technology Company then Technologies, tecnosoft are the activity Words

Complete Should be Like this:

XYZ Technologies Private Limited
XYZ Technosoft Private Limited

Brief Significance of Prefix used in Company Name.


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