In an attempt to bolster security, Indian mobile operators will comply with the government’s wishes and request identification from all subscribers. This includes people using prepaid services.
The Indian government has been fearful of terrorism. Although the operators will introduce a new procedure it is not yet mandatory – the government is drafting a proposed law at present
Mobile phone users are being encouraged to take formal identification and photographs to local retailers. The data could help networks, however: it will improve their knowledge of their client base, which could be helpful for marketing efforts.