OSP refers to Other Service Providers. The services that are part of this “other services” category are Call centres, BPOs, e-Commerce websites, tele banking, Tele-education. All of these are part of IT enabled services that need telecom and internet resources from authorized service providers as well. In order to use these resources to run an OSP, one needs an OSP License. Provided by the Department of Telecommunication or DOT, the OSP License allows companies to provide other services for a period of 20 years.

Documents Required

  1. Certificate of Incorporation of the company
  2. Memorandum of Association and Articles of Associations of the company
  3. A resolution from the board of directors authorizing a signatory.
  4. Purpose of the OSP.
  5. Shareholding pattern of the company (In order to indicate equity within the company)

Frequently Asked questions

Yes, a company can have multiple registrations. After receiving registration for one location, the OSP can apply for another location providing the OSP license of the obtained location and a copy of incorporation by ROC.
The validity of the OSP license extends upto 20 years from the date of issue, after which it can be extended to upto ten years each time.
No. Transfer of OSP registration from one Private Limited Company to another is prohibited by the DOT.
Within six months of completion of the financial year, the OSP must submit “Annual Return” to the registering authority. The annual return must indicate the details of the activities of the previous financial year and the status of their continuing the OSP operation. Once the status is validated, the operational OSPs shall be put in the Active OSP list. Those OSPs who do not submit the annual return for consecutive three years will be put in the dormant list and their registration will be cancelled after keeping them for two years in the dormant list. Such list would be made available on the DOT website.
OSP providing the application services within national boundaries is known as Domestic OSP. Whereas, OSP providing application services beyond national boundaries is known as International OSP.
Interconnectivity between Domestic and International OSP is not permitted by the DOT.