Telcos begin rolling out alternate digital KYC process for new connections

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New Delhi, Nov 5 Large Telecom operators together with Vodafone Idea Ltd and Bharti Airtel have begun rolling out an ‘alternate digital KYC process’ for new connections, which can substitute Aadhaar-based digital verification process.

Reliance Jio sources indicated that the operator has a plan on alternate digital KYC and can roll it out quickly.

However, it isn’t instantly clear if Telecom service suppliers are, for now, persevering with Aadhaar eKYC for verification of new subscribers.

In the wake of the current Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar, the Telecom Department had, final week, issued detailed directions to telcos on stopping the usage of Aadhaar-based electronic-know your buyer (e-KYC) and had requested them to report compliance by November 5. But operators, subsequently, approached the federal government requesting that they be allowed to proceed with Aadhaar-based eKYC process until November 20, whereas they implement the new digital process.

Sources within the Bharti Airtel instructed that the alternate digital KYC process has begun in choose circles together with Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) and might be prolonged to different areas within the coming days.

The official who didn’t want to be named mentioned the new digital KYC process entails scanning of the proof of handle and id, embedding dwell buyer photograph and on-line buyer acquisition type, and that the whole process might be digital.

The official additional pointed out that the corporate might be phasing out the eKYC process, because the digital KYC system is rolled out to new areas, and stablises.

An e-mail despatched to Bharti Airtel on this regard remained unanswered.

Vodafone Idea, in a press release, confirmed its new digital KYC process is dwell and is being rolled out nationally, and added that the DoT directions enable for provisional roll out of digital KYC.

Reliance Jio didn’t reply to an e-mail question however sources indicated that for alternate digital KYC process, the corporate has a plan in place and can begin rolling it out quickly.

Aadhaar issuing-body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) couldn’t be reached for feedback.

However, an individual aware of provisions of Aadhaar Act was of the view that it might be troublesome for the UIDAI to right away pull the plug on Telecom-related authentications as Section 32(3) of the Act prohibits it from gathering or sustaining any details about the precise objective of an authentication.

The Supreme Court had in a landmark verdict in September restricted the usage of Aadhaar by non-public entities within the absence of a authorized provision. On October 26, the Telecom division requested operators to cease utilizing Aadhaar for digital verification of current cell phone clients in addition to for issuing new connections to adjust to the SC order.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) in its October 26 round had additionally taken word of the truth that the trade mooted an alternate process for KYC (know your buyer) which entailed buyer acquisition types to be embedded with dwell photograph of the subscriber and scanned photographs of proof of id and proof of handle — thereby digitising the end-to-end process for on-boarding of new cellular subscribers and making it paperless.

Accordingly, all Telecom service suppliers have been requested by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to make sure readiness of their techniques and supply the proof of idea of the proposed digital process by November 5 for approval. MBI MKJ

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