How to Become Internet Service Provider in India?

  • July 24, 2023
  • Dushyant Sharma
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Looking to start an Internet business in India? Then we must say you are on the right path because these days the internet has become a part of our daily life. In the last decade, the usage of the internet has increased, and now people are using it on their phones, TVs, and smart devices. 


So, it is an amazing opportunity to become an Internet Service Provider and obtain an ISP license. But the main question is how to start, where to file an application and how to receive the internet service provider license. Below you will get all the answers to your questions.

Who is an Internet Service Provider?

If said in a simple way then an ISP license is given to those who provide internet services to individuals and organizations. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) granted the license to ISP businesses. 


After obtaining a license, the company can work as an Internet service provider legally. But before registering the application you must know the types of ISP licenses which you need to obtain as per your needs. To check the categories of ISP licenses as per your region, check this article here.


For a business, a single license is required which is called Unified License and after obtaining this license it is possible to apply for different areas of ISP regions. You must have a unified license to finish the ISP registration in India.


Types of Internet Service Providers

The following are the types of ISP applicants who can register under DoT are as follows:

  • Access Provider ISP grants better internet services to users. The service can be provided through Wi-fi, cable modem, telephone lines, fibre optics, dial-up, etc. These providers provide other internet services than usual internet connection.
  • Mailbox Provider ISP companies use host domain mailboxes to receive and store all mail.
  • Transit ISP is also known as Hosting ISP as it offers services such as web hosting, email, virtual machines, cloud services, etc.
  • Virtual ISP provides services to users from another ISP that offers better internet service. But the ISP uses its name to sell the service.
  • Free ISP provides free internet services to users by displaying advertisements.

The process to Get ISP License

Starting an internet service provider business is not easy, but if you follow the right procedure it becomes possible to complete. The first thing where most businesses stop is the huge amount of initial capital required for licensing, equipment and infrastructure. 


But if you want to become an internet service provider then follow the below steps to get the license before starting a business.

  1. Register your company
  2. Choose ISP category
  3. Fill out an application form and submit
  4. Issue of Letter of Intent and secured 
  5. Final confirmation

To read the complete process, refer to the link here.


Usually, the complete process from filing the application to getting the Unified (ISP) license takes around 3 to 5 months. But, once you file your application, the DoT will take around 2 months to issue a ‘Letter of Intent’. After this, it hardly takes 1 to 3 months to complete all bank guarantees and additional information which is required by the DoT.

Eligibility Criteria

The following is the eligibility criteria which should be fulfilled to become an ISP license

  1. To apply for a Unified License, you must have registered yourself as Private Limited (Pvt. Ltd.) or Public Limited (Ltd.) company. Reach out to the experts of Registrationwala if you are unsure.
  2. Your company’s Memorandum of Association (MoA) should have the term ‘Internet Service Provider’ mentioned in it. 

List of Popular ISP in India

Below is a list of popular ISPs in India, and it is as follows:

  • Reliance Jio
  • Airtel
  • Vodafone Idea
  • Hathway
  • BSNL

Different Types of Services Under ISP

The following are the different types of services which an internet service provider can offer: 


In TV, cable lines are important to access the internet. A coaxial cable is used to provide high-speed data service. There is a fixed bandwidth that a provider can share with users. And, the speed of data depends on how many users are accessing the internet. Usually, it has an upload speed of 5 – 50 Mbps and a download speed of 10 – 500 Mbps.


In this internet service, fibre optic cables are used for data transmission. Compared to cable, it is much faster. Download speeds can range from 250 to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds of 250 – 1,000 Mbps. This type of service is best suited for online gamers and heavy internet users.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)

In this service providers use telephone lines to provide internet services. This service can be easily replaced by cable and fibre services because of its low speed. Its upload speed ranges from 1 – 10 Mbps and download speeds of 5 – 35 Mbps. This service can be suitable for users who don’t need high-speed internet service and don’t have much work through the internet.


The satellite internet connection is divided into two parts- a one-way connection and a two-way connection. In one way connection we can download data through a satellite connection but you require a dial-up connection. And in a two-way connection, both download and upload service comes through satellite service. Its process is slow with upload speeds of 3 Mbps and download speeds of 12 – 100 Mbps.


To become an internet service provider, the main information is shared above. But still, you should take consultation from experts. At Registrationwala, we assist you in the complete process of obtaining an internet service provider license. From filing an application to final receiving of the certificate, we assist you in every step of the process.

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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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