Telecom operators notify DoT to conduct proof on concept sites for alternate digital KYC process

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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 process’ 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 process.

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 to 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 process proposed by the Telecom business for issuing new cell connections, the client acquisition kind is to be embedded with dwell {photograph} of subscriber together with authentic proof of identification (PoI) and proof of tackle (PoA) doc — digitising the end-to-end process for on-boarding of recent 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 likely be supplied per day per PoI, PoA doc to a buyer by the operator utilizing the alternate digital KYC process.

“… 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 further safeguards within the prevailing tips relating to outstation and international prospects will even be adopted within the new digital KYC process.

The Supreme Court in September restricted using Aadhaar authentication 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 prospects 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.

(Disclaimer: Reliance Industries Ltd. is the only real beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Community18 Media & Investments Ltd)

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