Ever since the term “cloud” became a buzzword, people look above and wonder “Where is my data today?”. Unchained from the hardware limitations of their PCs, people and organizations now use cloud computing. It’s an infrastructure as a service that gives them computing architecture within a virtual world. That “virtual” computer is even more powerful than the one that they have at home. 

However, the glamour of virtual has made many people forget that it’s the hardware that has made all of it possible. Without these passive or non electric resources and the infrastructure provider who issues them, there would be no cloud. As a result, there would be no modern computing and quantum remaining would have remained a distant dream. 

Thus, this article is an ode to Infrastructure as a service providers that don’t provide cloud services. But instead, they provide a non electric hardware that has made it all possible. 

Infrastructure provider: The vehicle of growth for Telecom Industry, and tech industries

What is an infrastructure provider? If you were to give the answer to this question as “it’s a company that provides infrastructure”, it would be an oversimplification of the reality, but it won’t be incorrect. Indeed, an infrastructure provider provides passive and active hardware resources that allow the telecom industries and tech industries to thrive. It’s job is to get the IP License first, to authorize itself to provide services. And then, it’s job is to rent or lease those resources to tech and telecom industry’s stakeholders. 

What is the IP License?

First, you should know that the term IP1 License doesn’t exist. What actually exist is the term IP 1 license. it’s the permission to provide the first type – passive type – of infrastructure to the telecom industries. What constitutes of passive type of resources? it’s the non electrical nature of these resources that makes them passive. What are those resources?

Hardware that allows the Infrastructure as a Service to exist

Following is the list of hardware whose presence is responsible for development of Infrastructure as a service:

  1. Dark Fibre: Dark Fibre is a unit of unused Optional fibre. If you’ve been even a bit of tech savvy in recent times, you might already be aware that optical fibre is responsible for superfast internet connections throughout the globe. Network Service Provider or Infrastructure Providers rent or lease the Dark Fibre to those who provide infrastructure as a service so that cloud communication can exist at fast speeds and without interruption. 
  2. Right of Way: Every telecom resource needs the right amount of space to be installed correctly. Think of the wires. If anyone doesn’t allow the wiring to go through a particular place, it can create hurdles for cloud services. Under the telecom rules, those with the IP 1 license can enforce the Right of Way rules to make way for the telecommunication resources to go through certain sections of the road or building. 
  3. Duct Space: The heat that hardware such as servers generate is enough to cook a lot of rotis. While an ideal situation for a cook, it is not good for the servers. That’s why, the Infrastructure providers leases duct space so that the It industry have a space through which they can ventilate the heat generated by their hardware. 
  4. Tower: From a Monopole tower that doesn’t take a lot of space, to lattice towers that grace us with their own supportive structure. From stealth towers that can hide in plain sight to triangular guyed towers whose heights can rise up to 2000 feet. Resources such as these are the reasons long range wireless communication is possible. An infrastructure provider provides them as well. 

The above resources, non electric they might be, but their importance cannot be underestimated. Which is why, you should also know the IP1 license procedure. 

How to obtain IP1 license in India?

The initial process to acquire the Ip1 license consists of filing the IP1 license application form. With this license:

  1. There is no restriction of how much foreign equity there is. 
  2. There is no restriction to how many number of entries they can be
  3. There is no entry fee, and
  4. There are no bank guarantees. 

Thus, all you need is the application processing fee of INR 5,000/- , the application form and the following documents to get the license:

  1. Certificate of incorporation of the IP1 company. 
  2. Memorandum of Association of the company 
  3. Articles of Association of the company. 
  4. Demand draft of the application processing fee
  5. Type of infrastructure you’re renting or leasing. 


Infra as a service can’t exist if you don’t have the infrastructure to provide. That virtual infrastructure can’t exist if you don’t have the hardware to sustain it. Without the passive resources such as right of way, dark fibre, duct space and tower, those hardware won’t work either. Now you know the importance of a different kind of infrastructure provider. If you want to know more about it, reach out to our experts. 

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod, as a blogger he used to spread all about app-based business, startup solution, on-demand business tips and ideas and so on.

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