Gone are those days when you had to stand for hours in a long queue with a bunch of documents and then wait for an additional 2 days to get a SIM activated. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have found a solution for faster and easier activation of SIM card by introducing e-KYC (Know Your Customer) verification using Aadhar card.
With Airtel already offering e-KYC at their stores across the nation, the move will surely attract other players in the market to adopt a similar practice. Vodafone plans to rollout their Aadhar card based e-KYC program by the 24th of August 2016.
How does e-KYC work?
Under the new system, anyone who wants to get a new Airtel or Vodafone connection just needs to walk to an Airtel center with his/her Aadhar number. The store will verify their biometrics (iris/fingerprint scan) with the UIDIA database. Once the details match, the SIM connection is given instantly.
What are the benefits of this program?
Undoubtedly Aadhar-based e-KYC for a mobile connection is a milestone for the telecom industry and will enhance customer experience through faster on boarding.
e-KYC will drastically reduce delays in activating new connections due to infrastructural issues like power cuts, transporting large volumes of papers, lack of photocopying facilities etc. This program will also reduce the chances of manual error during data entry. With Aadhar card becoming a compulsory document for every citizen’s identification, it will be much easier for even rural people to get a SIM card.
Once this program in rolled over pan India, it can curb the illegal activity of obtaining SIM card with fake documents. This way Government can have a centralized database to track people and their identity. For more details check Airtel and Vodafone India websites.