Who requires ISP Registration in India?

  • June 21, 2024
  • Dushyant Sharma
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ISP Registration, also known as ISP License, is issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It is one of the most crucial registrations/licenses in the telecom industry in India.


Read on to know who requires ISP registration in India.

What does ISP Registration mean?

ISP full form is Internet Service Provider. The ISP Registration a.k.a ISP license is a mandatory requirement for those who want to start an internet service provider business in India. In order to obtain an ISP license, an application needs to be submitted to the Department of Telecommunications. 

ISP Registration Types

ISP Registration, or ISP License, whatever you want to call it, has three categories based on the regions in which the internet service can be provided. The license fee for each category differs. Those who want to provide internet services in India must pick at least one category depending on their budget and the area they want to cover for providing internet services.

ISP Registration Category A

Category A ISP License or registration is meant for businesses that want to provide internet services at a national level i.e., all over India. Category A ISP registration holders in India are less in number as the license fee is quite high.


However, by obtaining the ISP license, you can get customers from all around the country as your services won’t be limited to a particular part/region of the country. So, if you have the budget for the ISP license for Category A, you can consider obtaining it.

ISP Registration Category B

The ISP Registration / ISP License Category B covers one of the 20 major states or any of the following Metropolitan Cities namely Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. GOI keeps issuing notifications about the territories which are considered as telecom circles and metro areas from time to time. 


The fees for Class B ISP Registration is less than Class A ISP Registration but more than Class C ISP Registration. For those who just want to start their internet service provider business as a startup, it can still be expensive. However, it is necessary to select this category if you want to operate in urban regions.

ISP Registration Category C

ISPs wishing to offer internet service in any secondary switching area under the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) are eligible for ISP Registration Category C. Category C ISP License India is reasonably priced. This has been ensured by the relatively inexpensive C class ISP License fee.


Because class C ISP licenses are relatively inexpensive, it is desirable for startups to establish a class C ISP. Therefore, you can choose to go for an ISP license type C if you want an internet service provider license to offer internet services to a small town or a village.

Documents needed for ISP Registration

The following documents are required for obtaining ISP Registration.

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Network plan of the ISP
  • Description of the ISP business
  • List of directors
  • List of shareholders
  • Shareholding pattern of the company
  • Net worth certificate
  • Blueprint of the ISP

All the above-mentioned documents are required at the time of filing the ISP license application. 


ISP Registration, otherwise known as ISP License, is a mandatory requirement for those who want to start their own internet service provider business. ISP License is issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Without obtaining ISP Registration, it is not permitted to provide ISP services in India.


For assistance in obtaining ISP License in a smooth and hassle free manner, get in touch with ISP consultants at Registrationwala.

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Dushyant Sharma
Author: Dushyant Sharma

Hey there, I'm Dushyant Sharma. With the extensive knowledge I've gained in past 8 years, I have been creating content on various subjects such as banking, insurance, telecom, and all the important registration and licensing processes for various companies. I'm here to help everyone with my expertise in these areas through my articles.

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