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Union Government allows Online Authentication using Aadhaar for new mobile connections

The Union Government has allowed online authentication using Aadhar for new mobile connections.

In this regard Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued guidelines for Aadhaar Electronic-Know Your Customer (e-KYC).

Key Facts

  • The e-KYC seeks to make the online process of application and authentication faster and simpler for subscribers.
  • Customer through their Aadhaar number and biometrics will online authorise UIDAI to provide demographic details.
  • The details will include name, address, date of birth and gender, along with the digitally-signed photograph, to the mobile operator.
  • The e-KYC seeks to bring down the cost of subscriber acquisition significantly as telecom companies will not have to spend on physical transportation of forms, verification, scanning and storage.
  • Besides it will be an instant, secure and green mobile subscriber verification project, where a customer’s Aadhar card and fingerprints are adequate for both validating and activating prepaid and postpaid connections.

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Home Ministry gives nod to Huawei to set up unit in Tamil Nadu

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod to Chinese Telecom manufacturer Huawei to set up a manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu for its components.

The security clearance was given by MHA in subject to certain conditions which the company must fulfil. It also includes condition of appointing of Indian nationals at key positions of Company.

In 2013, Huawei had first approached government for clearance purpose to set up a unit for electronics, telecom hardware and support services at SIPCOT SEZ at Sriperumbudur.

After this clearance, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) or Department of Telecommunications (DoT) from point of view of national security may reserve critical positions in the company.

DoT will fix mandatory security parameters in addition to the technical, quality and interface parameters for the company to meet security standards for technical equipment relating to the networking systems.

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