KOLKATA: Bharti AirtelBSE 0.96 % on Monday rolled out Aadhaar-based digital verification process in Delhi for instant activation of new Airtel mobile connections while Vodafone India will offer the same across India from Wednesday from its 4,500-plus select stores and mini-stores.
Third-largest operator Idea CellularBSE 6.72 %, in turn, will follow suit shortly, but is yet to finalise a date.
“The Aadhaar-based eKYC solution is live in company-operated stores across Delhi NCR and will be rolled out across the country over the next few days,” Bharti Airtel said in an official statement on Monday.
“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,” Vodafone India said in an official statement on Monday.
Starting September this year, the paperless validation and activation facility will be rolled out in all 10,000-plus Vodafone branded stores in urban and rural areas and also across all multi-brand outlets, pan India, in a phased manner.
Vodafone India had recently partnered with the telecom department to pilot the Aadhar-based e-KYC solutions and tested it successfully in two circles. The company has developed a special app that enables retailers to activate customers using e-KYC.