OSP License for Call Center
In India you need OSP license (Other service provider license).
Other Service Provider: For applications like tele-banking, tele-medicine, tele-education, tele-trading, e-commerce, other service providers will be allowed to operate by using infrastructure provided by various access providers. No licence fee will be charged but registration for specific services being offered will be required. These service providers will not infringe on the jurisdiction of other access providers and they will not provide switched telephony.
Guidelines for setting up the Call Centers:
- The Call Centers are permitted to Indian registered companies on non-exclusive basis.
- The Call centers are registered under the under the Other Service Provider (OSP) category as defined in NTP’99.
- The validity of this permission is up to 20 years from the date of issue of this letter.
- 100% FDI is permitted in Call centers.
- The call centers has to ensure that no change in the Indian or Foreign promoters / partners or their equity participation is made without prior approval of competent authority or as per prevailing regulations.
- The Call centers can take the resources from any authorized service provider i.e. IPLC from the authorized International Long Distance operators and local leased line from any authorized Service providers.
- The Service providers will examine the network diagram and grant resources to the OSP as per the terms and condition of this approval. And the prevailing guidelines & policy for the service from where the resources are being taken. Both the Service provider and the OSP will be responsible for any violation in the use of the resources.
- The domestic call centers are permitted to be set up, on a separate infrastructure. However, the request of the domestic call center to run on the existing private networks will be evaluated on case to case basis.
- Inter connectivity of two domestic call centers of the same organizations is permissible subject to further approval from DoT.
- Inter connectivity of the international with domestic call center is not permitted.
- Interconnection of Call Centers of the same group of company is permissible for redundancy, back up. And load balancing subject to the prior written approval from the DoT
- In the International Call centers, no PSTN connectivity is permitted at the Indian end. Both inbound and outbound calls are permitted from the International call centers.
- Internet and IPLC connectivity is permitted on the same LAN at the Indian end of the International Call Center. with the condition that no voice/data traffic shall be permitted from ISP to other destinations via IPLC of the call center.
- Internet connectivity is also permitted to Domestic call centers.
- In case the company proposes to increase the bandwidth for the approved IPLC. The company can directly approach the authorized ILD for the same and intimate the same within
- days to DoT. However, in case the company proposes to change the POP or add another POP, the company shall approach DoT for approval.
- The International call centers are permitted to interconnect with the “Hot sites”, for the purpose of back up. And working during disaster at the International call center location. provided that International Call Center operators provides the following: –
- A dedicated server/router at the hot site pertaining to the International Call Center.
- Local lease lines from the International Call Center to the respective server dedicated for this International Call Center at the hot site.
- The local leased line from the hot site to the IPLC provider.
- International Call Center of the same Group of Company are permitted to cross map the seats for use during disaster. During normal days, original International Call Center will use all seats but in case of disaster. cross-mapped seats will be vacated for use of the other International Call Center. And the same will be informed to the DoT.
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