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DOT OSP License

Service providers in the telecommunication business, for example, BPO/ centers, e-commerce, telebanking, telemedicine, tele-education, and other IT enabled services are referred to as ‘Other Service Providers’ or generally known as 'OSP'. For any of these OSPs to give any telecom services utilizing the telecom resources, for example, public telecom network, mobile network, digital network, etc., they should be registered with Department of Telecommunication (DOT). It is compulsory for the OSP to be a Private Limited corporation to get the OSP license registration.

Reasons for OSP license

The concerned authority for getting OSP license is Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells under the Department of Telecommunications.

After taking OSP license there would be no lawful obstacle as this is the main legal permit required to run BPO's/Call Center's or any other business as mentioned above.

Related section with the latest amendment

The organizations entitled for OSP license registration should be a corporation registered under the Companies Act, 2013/1956.

The documents required for OSP license Registration in India are:-

  • Certificate of Incorporation of Private Limited Company.
  • MOA and AOA.
  • Board of Resolution/POA for authorized signatory.
  • Name of Business and Activities Proposed.
  • List of Directors.
  • Present Shareholding

The above documents should be certified with seal by a Company Secretary or Director of the Company or Statutory Auditor or Public Notary.

Registration Process

A) The application could be filled online on the website of the Department of Telecommunications.

b) Fees of Rs. 1000 for each application.

c) Filing of documents with the Concerned Authority.

The validity of the license is for 20 years and after getting these license entities registered under OSP’s shall submit Annual Return within 6 months from the closure of the financial year.

We at eStartIndia provide meticulous assistance to the clients in obtaining the OSP License as per the rules.

eStartIndia is the professional tech-based online and legal services which help the clients to simplify the procedures of obtaining the OSP License or any additional legal compliances and services related to the business in India. Get a free consultation service for any registration with Our Top-skilled Experts. Visit our website www.estartIndia.com.


Is the OSP License renewable?

Yes, as the validity of OSP License is near expiration, you could renew your license.

Can I transfer the OSP License to other?

No, under the department of Telecommunication, the transfer of one OSP License from one company to another is prohibited.

What are the formalities of an OSP after obtaining the license?

Within 6 months of completion of the financial year, the OSP should submit “Annual Return” to the registering authority. The annual return should indicate the details of the activities of the previous financial year and the status of their continuing the OSP operation. After filing annual return, if active OSP do not submit the annual return for consecutive three years then they shall be considered as dormant and their registration will be cancelled after two years.

Is the OSP License only meant for inbound calls or for outbound calls also?

The OSP License is for both.

Why do I need OSP license?

If an entity wants to engage with IT enabled services like Tele-banking, tele-trading, tele-education, e-commerce, call centers, network operation centers, etc, then under the regulations of Department of Telecommunication, they require OSP license to use the telecom resources to run OSP business.

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