IP1 License or the Infrastructure Provider License is a mandatory authorization for those who provide the following assets to Internet Service Providers:
1. Dark Fibres
2. Duct Space
3. Right of Way
One can apply for IP1 License in India and get the authorization in just four steps. We are going to explain the full details by this content.
Steps to acquire IP1 License in India
There are only four steps to get the IP License or IP1 License in India. If you are able to follow them correctly, you’ll be able to acquire the Infrastructure providing license in no time:
Check the eligibility for the IP1 License
Providing Infrastructure such as dark fibres, duct space, right of way or towers is a serious business, and therefore, requires a serious applicant. Thus, only apply for this license if you are an IT infrastructure service provider who adheres to the following eligibility criteria:
a. You are either a private or public limited company: A sole proprietorship, a partnership firm and even a limited liability partnership firm isn’t considered eligible to apply for the IP 1 license. Only a public limited company or a private limited company is allowed to file the application for it. Thus, before thinking about filing the application for IP1 License, make sure to register your company in India.
b. Internet Infrastructure provider should be mentioned in the MOA: When you are registering a company, make sure that you put the correct objective in the Memorandum of Association. For an Internet Infrastructure Providing Company, make sure that you mention “Internet Infrastructure Provider” as your object. But that’s not all, there are further details that you need to enter to describe your services. To fill them, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your CA.
Keep in mind the required documents
Get the following three categories of documents ready as you head out to file the application of IP1 License:
Information related to your company:
i. Name of the company
ii. Email ID that you’ve created for your company
iii. Company Identification number given to you by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
iv. Registered Address of the company mentioned in the Certificate of Incorporation.
v. Name of all the directors of your company
vi. Name of all the shareholders and the shareholding pattern of your company.
vii. Name of the authorized director of the company who would accept the task of signing the application and communicate with the Department of Telecommunication.
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Details of your CA:
i. Name of the Chartered Accountant filing the IP1 License application on your behalf.
ii. Contact information of that Chartered Accountant.
iii. Name of the firm that the Chartered Accountant is associated with.
iv. Membership number of that chartered Accountant.
v. Firm registration number of the firm of that Chartered Accountant.
Documents related to company
i. Memorandum of Association describing that the object of your company is to provide internet infrastructure to Internet service providers.
ii. Articles of Association which describes the rules and regulations your company has sworn to follow while providing the said services.
iii. Certificate of Incorporation of your company.
Getting the document certified by the Chartered Accountant
Once you compile the documents mentioned in the previous point, get them certified by your chartered accountant. Once that’s done, get ready to file the application for IP1 License.
Fill and submit the IP1 License application
Unlike the nature of IP1 License, the way to file is not online. As security is still a measure concern, as an applicant, you’re required to physically visit the DOT branch and file the application after attaching it with the compiled documents.
After submission, comes the next obvious step, processing. Depending upon how correctly you’ve filed the application and the internet assets you’re planning on providing, processing can take anywhere from 1 week to 30 days to process. Afterwards, you’ll receive the IP1 License to start your Internet Infrastructure Providing Company.