Guidelines for application process to operate as Internet Service Providers in India

In November 1998, the Indian Government ended the monopoly of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) to provide internet service in India and allowed the private parties to provide internet service. The terms and conditions of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) License were unusually liberal with no license fee and allowed unlimited number of players. ISPs could set their own tariffs and even their own international gateways. This summary deals with the guidelines for application process to operate as an ISP in India.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the documents to be submitted for applying the license?
Is there a single licence or a multiple license to operate as an ISP?
Is there a single application for all the service areas?
What are the fees and other financial cost to apply for an ISP license?

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