Media Gateway Approval and its Eligibility and Documents

  • February 05, 2022
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The wide variety of information floating around in the network comes in various forms. Without a suitable module, it can be lost. Therefore, there is a need for a device known as the media gateway. It is a network element that transforms data streams as the information travels from one element to the next. However, in order to integrate this device into the network, one needs the Media Gateway Approval in India. 

India’s telecommunication sector is now going through a transformation. As a result, more types of data streams now exist in the network than before. A media gateway device is necessary to transform these streams and prevent data loss.

However, not everyone can establish such a device because:

  1. Bad quality of the device can damage the network,
  2. Several unscrupulous things can hide inside the media gateway device that can pose a threat to national security;

Therefore, one can state that in order to prevent the sanctity of the telecom sector, the DOT has mandated Media Gateway Approval in India.


Who is eligible to get Media Gateway Approval in India?

As per the rules of the Department of Telecommunication, the following are the entities eligible for Media Gateway Approval in India:

Holders of ISP License

ISP licensees are Internet Service Providers that establish a traditional service centre to provide internet services to the clients. Existing in three categories based on the areas they cover – category A, category B and Category C – these licensees require a media gateway to ensure their subscribers are able to stream the data properly when connected to their networks.

Holders of the VNO License

VNO Licensees are another class of internet service providers that rely more on virtual networks and less on infrastructure to provide internet services to their subscribers. They also have three categories and require a media gateway to ensure that data can properly transform when going through their virtual network to the real one.


Broadcasters are entities with licenses from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. They are high-profile service providers that rely on optimized media gateway devices so that the right content can reach the right stops at the right time and with the right quality.

Other Service Providers

OSPs or Other Service Providers are the first beneficiaries of India’s telecom industry. Providing a wide variety of services ranging from BPO, KPO, LPO, RPO and more, these companies make use of a media gateway to ensure that every process outsourcing project retains the quality and identity of the data.


Other eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. The applicant must be a registered business entity.  
  2. It is critical that the applicant meets all the required conditions mentioned in the media gateway guidelines – knowledge of which you can gain after talking to a telecom consultant.
  3. The applicant must have the technical ability to establish, operate and maintain a media gateway device in India.

Once the applicant has met these requirements, he must collect the documents required to proceed.

What are the documents required for the Media Gateway Approval?

To establish a media gateway device, the documents required are as follows:

  • Cover Letter
  • Duly filled application form
  • Telecom license agreement
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Technical specification of the media gateway device you want to install at your premises.

Cover letter

This is the document that you use to convince the DOT why you need to establish a media gateway device.

Duly filled application form

The application for the media gateway approval cannot be filed online. Therefore, the applicant must manually fill out and submit the application offline.

Telecom license agreement

Present a copy of the telecom license agreement to show that you’re eligible for the license.

Certificate of incorporation

It is a critical document that shows that you’re a registered business entity.

Memorandum of Association

The memorandum of association entails the objectives of the company. This document should justify the reason you need a media gateway device in your network.

Technical specification of the media gateway device

The media gateway approval should come under the Trusted List of DOT.



Media gateway approval is a critical business license for those who wish to ensure that the data doesn’t lose its effectiveness as it traverses through the network.

If you have questions about this approval, ask our experts.

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