Airtel Plans to deploy e-KYC facility in 5,00,000 stores

Mobile operator Bharti Airtel is planning to deploy the Aadhar based e-KYC solution across India in over 500,000 retail outlets, including rural pockets in the future.
The company said in the statement that it has rolled out over 20,000 units of e-KYC solution across India. Over 50,000 subscribers on a daily basis are activating their Airtel mobile Sim cards using Aadhar based e-KYC, including those in the rural India, the company added.
“The initiative has received a positive response from customers as it enables instant activation of Airtel mobile SIMs. The digital verification, which is fully secure, also eliminates paperwork and benefits the environment,” the statement said.
Airtel expects an increase in the number of customers getting SIMs using Aadhar based e-KYC as it ramps up its rollout.
Under the e-KYC verification process, customers are required to submit their iris or fingerprints scan when purchasing a new prepaid or postpaid mobile connection at the point of sale for verification.
The customer details are then matched with the database of Aadhar and following the verification, the connection gets activated instantly.
The government had issued e-KYC guidelines to make the online process of application, faster and simpler authentication of the mobile subscribers.
Since then, mobile operators, including Vodafone and Airtel, as well as the newcomer Reliance Jio have implemented e-KYC service at their stores to make faster activation of new SIMs with Aadhar based verification.

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