Telecom firms roll out alternatives to Aadhaar- The New Indian Express

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Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  As the deadline for phasing out the usage of Aadhaar within the e-KYC (know your buyer) course of for activating the SIM card is approaching, increasingly more Telecom gamers are rolling out alternatives. On Thursday, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) launched an alternate digital KYC course of for issuing new connections throughout varied circles. Private gamers, together with Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, earlier this week stated that that they had began rolling out the identical to change the Aadhaar-based digital verification course of. 

“We have conveyed to DoT that we have launched the new system across all our circles and it has stabilised,” stated the Chairman and MD of BSNL, Anupam Shrivastava. Officials at telcos additionally confirmed that the choice e-KYC entailed scanning of the proof of tackle and id, embedding a buyer picture and the net buyer acquisition type. 

“It will be a paperless process, unlike some reports which stated that telcos would go back to the manual paperwork authentication process,” stated an govt of a telco agency. The Department of Telecom (DoT), in a round issued on November 6, additionally verified that the authentication process will probably be carried out utilizing an authenticated utility (app). 

To present how the brand new process of different digital KYC would work and their readiness, the Telecom operators could have proof of idea (PoC) occasions at two locations- one city and one rural.Reliance Jio Infocomm has ensured its readiness to conduct PoC at two places in Navi Mumbai, whereas Vodafone Idea Ltd has listed Delhi and Baramati in Pune district.

Airtel will conduct the identical in Delhi and Meerut. Based on the POC outcomes, DoT will concern additional instructions for any change within the system, if required.On October 26, DoT had requested operators to cease utilizing Aadhaar for digital verification of present cell phone prospects in addition to for brand spanking new connections.

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