BSNL launches alternate digital KYC process for new connections

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New Delhi: State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched an alternate digital KYC process for issuing new connections throughout varied circles, a high official has stated. The Telecom PSU has knowledgeable the Department of Telecom (DoT) concerning the new system which has been rolled out, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava instructed PTI.

“We have conveyed that we have launched the new system across all our circles and it has stabilised,” Shrivastava stated.

Earlier this week, giant personal Telecom operators together with Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel stated they’ve begun rolling out ‘alternate digital KYC (know your buyer) process for new connections, which is able to exchange Aadhaar-based digital verification process.

Airtel has began rolling out the alternate digital KYC in choose circles together with Delhi, UP (East) and UP (West) with plans to increase to different areas within the coming days.

Vodafone Idea has additionally confirmed its new digital KYC process is dwell and being rolled out nationally, and added that the DoT directions enable for provisional rollout of digital KYC.

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

However, it isn’t clear if Telecom service suppliers are, for now, concurrently persevering with Aadhaar eKYC for verification of new subscribers — a breather they’ve sought from the federal government whereas the new system is ready in place.

In the wake of the latest Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar, the Telecom Department had issued detailed directions to telcos on stopping using Aadhaar-based electronic-KYC (eKYC) and had requested them to report compliance by November 5. But the 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.

The Supreme Court order of September restricts using Aadhaar authentication by personal 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 order of the apex court docket.

The DoT additionally took be aware of the truth that the trade had mooted an alternate process for KYC which entailed buyer acquisition varieties to be embedded with dwell photograph of the subscriber and scanned pictures of proof of id and proof of handle — digitising the end-to-end process for on-boarding of new cell subscribers and making it paperless.

Accordingly, all telcos had been requested by the DoT to make sure readiness of their techniques and supply the proof of idea of the proposed digital process by November 5 for approval.

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