ISP License - A, B, and C Class
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About ISP license categories – A, B, and C Class
The Government of India has come up with one license for all telecom related services, known as a Unified License. Under unified license, the license holder can apply for authorization of different services & service areas. To become an ISP, one must either acquire a Unified License under which he will obtain ISP Authorization for providing ISP services or VNO Authorization. To know the difference between the two, click here.
One company can hold only one Unified License, but can apply for ISP / VNO authorization of multiple services and/or service areas. However, the tenure of such authorizations will run concurrently with the tenure of the Unified License, which means that all authorizations will be valid only till the validity of the unified license.
In India, there are 3 categories of VNO license authorizations under the Unified License to become an internet service provider, depending upon scale or the City/State/Town/District/Village you want to start your ISP business in.
The 3 categories are differentiated by the scale of the territory/coverage area of the VNO license i.e. whether the License is for (i) national area, (ii) major states / metro cities or (iii) other smaller cities, towns, villages and districts.
The 3 ISP License Categories in India are:
1. Class A (National Area) – This license is for Pan India operations.
To see a list of all Nation Area license holders in India.
2. 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.
The govt keeps issuing notifications regarding territories declared as telecom circles and metro areas from time to time.
3. Class C (Secondary Switching Area) – This license is for only a particular secondary switching area. A secondary switching area is a government-defined territory that could comprihiveral 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.
Naturally, a Class A ISP license would be quite expensive, followed by Class B & C respectively.
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