Activation is inmediate. Once you apply it, it will go to a pending validation state. This is a background state to allow offline validation, once it will go to validated, however it is active inmediately after Activation.
During ordering, you need to provide an email address to deliver the SKU. Delivery typically takes 24-48 hours to deliver.
I had an issue the other day activating the the SCC server components. I was trying to use the activation utility but wasn't having much luck. After stopping all the services and using the Configuration Manager to enter the serial number and then restarting all the services I was able to use SCC again. Try giving that a shot if you haven't already.
Alberto is correct, the licence you received is active almost immediately after you install it on the SCC server as per my screen capture below. The SCC server must have internet connectivity so it can register with a validation server online. In my case, during the install wizard it asked me for a PAK ID which i entered , the software then must have validated my PAK ID with a validation server somewhere online and my software continued to install without error.
If that is not the case, you may have to open a case with the small Business support center and let them either help you or allow them to escalate the issue to their next level of support.
The URL below gives you contact details for the wonderful folks at the Small Business Support Center.
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