Telcos inform DoT on proof of concept sites for alternate digital KYC process, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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New Delhi, Nov 8: Telecom operators, together with Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea Ltd, have knowledgeable the Telecom division about their readiness to conduct proof of concept for the brand new ‘alternate digital KYC course of’ at two areas, as stipulated. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has additionally issued the main points of the process and modalities to be adopted by Telecom operators for issuing new cell connections utilizing the alternate digital KYC course of.

According to a DoT round dated November 6, Bharti Airtel has ensured “readiness to conduct PoC (proof of concept)” in Delhi and Meerut, whereas Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has recognized two areas in Telangana for the identical.

“The proof of concept of the….alternate digital KYC process is to be done at two locations (rural and urban) by each licencee,” DoT mentioned.

Reliance Jio Infocomm has ensured its readiness to conduct PoC at two areas in Navi Mumbai, whereas Vodafone Idea Ltd has listed Delhi and Baramati in Pune District, in accordance with the DoT. Other operators like Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Tata Teleservices have additionally recognized areas for the POC.

As per the alternate digital KYC course of proposed by the Telecom trade for issuing new cell connections, the shopper acquisition type is to be embedded with stay {photograph} of subscriber together with unique proof of identification (PoI) and proof of deal with (PoA) doc — digitising the end-to-end course of for on-boarding of new cell subscribers by making it utterly paperless.

Spelling out the nuances of the alternate digital KYC process to be adopted by Telecom service suppliers, DoT mentioned solely two cell connections will probably be supplied per day per PoI, PoA doc to a buyer by the operator utilizing the alternate digital KYC course of.

“… Digital KYC process is an alternative process to the existing process of issuance of mobile connections to subscribers and shall also be applicable for outstation and foreign customers,” DoT mentioned.

It mentioned that extra safeguards within the prevailing tips relating to outstation and overseas clients will even be adopted within the new digital KYC course of.

The Supreme Court in September restricted the use of 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 present cell phone clients in addition to for issuing new connections to adjust to order of the apex courtroom.

Aadhaar-issuing physique Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has, nonetheless, has clarified that service suppliers can use offline verification instruments like eAadhaar and QR (Quick Response) code that leverage the distinctive identifier with out authentication or any entry to biometrics.

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