Aadhaar will now be used for carrying out verification process for instant sim activation with Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom operator, rolling out the service for to its customers in Delhi.
Vodafone, India’s second mobile operator, has launched the service across the country from its 4,500-plus select stores and mini-stores.
Idea Cellular will follow suit with the Aadhaar-based digital verification process but is yet to announce a date for the same.
The roll-out of this service is a result of the Telecom Department clearing the electronic-Know Your Customer (e-KYC) rules for using biometric identification for issuing new mobile connections a week ago.
The use of e-KYC will reduce delays in activating new connections, typically, caused by infrastructure challenges like power cuts, transporting volumes of paper, lack of photocopying and photography facilities.