The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday suggested the use of Aadhaar-based eKYC verification for subscribers of fixed-line, internet and broadband connections, as in the case of mobile connections, according to a report by news agency PTI. “…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,” TRAI statement said.
The authentication using Aadhaar-based eKYC is applicable for mobile connections at the moment and TRAI had earlier received a representation from the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to extend this authentication to ISPs for broadband and internet connections also. “ISPAI has stated in their letter that use of such service for the authenticity of customers for broadband and internet connections will be fast and much authentic as well as save time and cost,” TRAI was quoted saying by PTI.
If these recommendations are accepted by the Department of Telecom, it is believed that the authentication process will become fast and reliable. 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.” Earlier in the day, news agency ANI had reported that Supreme Court had agreed to hear a plea challenging the central government’s notification to make Aadhaar mandatory in order to avail various government schemes.