Trai suggests Aadhaar as eKYC for Internet, broadband connections

Trai’s recommendation of Aadhaar eKYC for Internet and broadband connections, if accepted by the DoT, would make the authentication process fast and reliable


Trai had received a representation from the Internet Service Providers Association of India to extend Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication to ISPs for broadband and internet connections . Photo: Mint
Trai had received a representation from the Internet Service Providers Association of India to extend Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication to ISPs for broadband and internet connections . Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Wednesday recommended the use of Aadhaar-based eKYC (e-Know your customer) verification for subscribers of fixed line, Internet and broadband connections, as in the case of mobile connections.

Trai’s recommendation, if accepted by the department of telecom, would make the authentication process fast and reliable and lead to substantial savings for the industry.

“...the authority recommends laying down an appropriate format (Customer Acquisition Form) for verification/reverification of all subscribers (including fixed line) availing Internet and broadband services and adoption of Aadhaar-based eKYC service, similar to mobile connections, for their verification,” a Trai statement said.

Trai had received a representation from the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to extend Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication to ISPs for broadband and internet connections also, as is currently the case with mobile connections.

“ISPAI has stated in their letter that use of such service for authenticity of customers for broadband and internet connections will be fast and much authentic as well as save time and cost,” TRAI said.

While the government has prescribed CAF for verification of new mobile connections using Aadhaar based eKYC services and for re-verification of existing subscribers, TRAI noted that “so far this requirement has not been prescribed for the customers of internet and broadband as well as fixed line”.

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