Rules became more strict regarding new SIM cards, laws applicable from SIM buyers to sellers!
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India has introduced new rules related to SIM cards, thereby changing the processes of their issuance and usage in the country. These new rules aim to strengthen the security of how SIM cards are purchased and activated.
DoT has issued two new circulars, which add and modify new rules regarding the sale and use of SIM cards in India.
Both the circulars serve different purposes. One circular provides instructions for SIM card users, while the other is for telecom companies like Airtel and Jio. These regulations are expected to enhance the process of selling SIM cards in India.
The primary objective of these new rules is to strengthen the security of SIM card sales in India. The rules impose stricter Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements for shops selling SIM cards.
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As per these rules, telecom companies like Airtel and Jio will have to do KYC for all the shops selling their SIM cards. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a fine of ₹10 lakh for each shop.
It is important to note that these rules will come into effect from October 1, 2023. Existing shops selling SIM cards will have to update their KYC as per the new standards by September 30, 2024.
Additionally, telecom companies like Airtel and Jio will need to monitor and ensure compliance with regulations regarding who is selling their SIM cards and how they are being sold.
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In addition, the DoT has specified that in certain areas such as Assam, Kashmir, and the Northeast, telecom operators will have to introduce police verification for shops before they are allowed to sell new SIM cards.
These new rules will also affect the customers buying SIM cards. Nowadays, when you buy a SIM card, it often includes Aadhaar verification. With the new rules, even in cases where your existing card is damaged or lost, you will need to get your SIM card reissued. The process will work similar to the verification process for a new SIM card.
Overall, these rules represent a significant change in the way SIM cards are sold and used in India, with an emphasis on improving security and accountability in the process.