As per the New Telecom Policy (NTP) 1999, any company providing ‘Applications Services’ by using telecom resources needs an OSP license. Getting an OSP license is a quick and easy 3-Step process, outlined below:
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A business entity offering application services such as telemedicine, tele-education, tele-trading, call centre, e-commerce, network operation, and other IT enabled services is called the Other Service Provider (OSP). The OSP registration is obtained from the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Government of India.
Any company providing ‘Applications Services’ like telebanking, telemedicine, telemedicine, tele-education, tele-trading, e-commerce, call center, network operation center and other IT enabled services, by using telecom resources provided by Authorised Telecom Service Providers shall obtain an OSP license.
The entities entitled to OSP registration must be a company registered under the Companies Act, 2013.
There are 2 types of OSPs in India
Domestic OSP- An OSP that provides application services inside the national boundaries is termed as a domestic OSP.
International OSP- An OSP that provides application services beyond the national boundaries is termed as an international OSP.
The Registration of OSPs is done by the respective Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells (formerly known as VTM Cells) under the Department of Telecom (DoT), having jurisdiction in the location of the OSP/Telemarketing Centre.
The following steps are needed to obtain an OSP license in India-
The first step is to register the company with the MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs)
Certain documents need to be collected and uploaded for OSP license online registration. Please refer to the following section to know more.
The company can apply online for the OSP license by filling up the Form A available at the Saralsanchar website. It can take help from an OSP license consultant also, to ensure smooth application and registration.
The following documents are required for obtaining an OSP license in India-
Note: All the documents shall be attested by the Director, Company Secretary or Public Notary
To maintain the OSP registration compliance, an OSP must submit an “Annual Return” to the DoT within 6 months after completion of a given financial year. The Return should mention the present status and the activities of the OSP.
Besides, the OSP should also comply with the terms specified by the DoT, especially for the OSPs.
What is the validity of an OSP License?
An OSP license is valid for 20 years from the date of issue. However, it can be extended further for another 10 years.
Can I use my OSP license to operate in another location?
No, you can't. The OSP license is a location-specific one. You can apply for another OSP license for operating in another location, with a copy of your RoC incorporation.
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