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# Entering the Market as an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO)

This is an overview of the end to end process for entering the market as an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO). Although not formally defined in the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC), an IDNO is any Party which distributes electricity for the purposes of the Utilities Act of 2000 in addition to the 14 geographic Distribution Network Operators. As IDNO is not a defined term in the BSC, you will register as a Distribution System Operator (DSO) (also referred to as a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in some instances) in Central Volume Allocation (CVA), and as a Supplier Meter Registration Agent (SMRA) and an Unmetered Supplies Operator (UMSO) in Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA).