Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended use of Aadhaar-based eKYC verification for all types of subscribers – fixed line, Internet and broadband connections.
Currently only mobile connections need Aaadhar eKYC.
The biometric digital identification – Aadhaar is already the eKYC document for applying PAN card, filing income tax returns, getting subsidies, getting passports and digital locker, opening bank accounts and all financial transactions.
TRAI’s recommendation could make the authentication process more reliable.
“(We are) laying down an appropriate format (Customer Acquisition Form) for verification and 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,” the TRAI said.
Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) had suggested the TRAI to extend Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication to ISPs for broadband and internet connections, 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 of the ISPAI representation.
The Government has already accepted TRAI recommendations of CAF verification of new mobile connections using Aadhaar based eKYC services and for re-verification of existing subscribers. “So far this requirement has not been prescribed for the customers of internet and broadband as well as fixed line,” TRAI said.