Vodafone India and Airtel Start Offering e-KYC for Instant Activation

The top 2 telecom players of India have made it easier for their customers to get instant activation for their new SIM connection, by opting for e-KYC. With Airtel already offering e-KYC at their stores across the nation, the move will surely see other players making a similar decision. Vodafone plans to roll-out their Aadhar card based e-KYC program by the 24th of August.

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How Will it Work

Under the new system, anyone looking to get a new Airtel connection will need to walk into an Airtel authorized center with their Aadhar number and the store will verify their Biometrics (iris scan/fingerprint) with the UIDIA database. The details should instantly match and the connection gets activated immediately.

The process is said to be fully secure and the retailer/representative at the point of sale will also be registered under Aadhaar.

Before this, a KYC was done using photocopies of various documents that manually needed to be submitted by everyone at an authorized center. After that, it used to take 24-48 hours for everything to be verified and only then could a user hope to start using the new SIM connection.

What They Said

These moves follow the Government’s initiative to go paperless when it had asked telecom players to offer e-KYC based on Aadhar.

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Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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