On October 13th, 2023, Bhutan marked a significant moment in its technological evolution with the historic launch of the National Digital Identity (NDI) app. Developed on cutting-edge blockchain technology through a collaborative effort between the Department of IT and Telecom (DHI) and GovTech Bhutan, the launch was graced by none other than the Prime Minister of Bhutan himself. The event also witnessed an honorific invitation extended to key employees of TashiCell, a prominent Bhutanese telecommunications company.
The NDI app, powered by blockchain technology, ushers in a new era of secure, self-sovereign identity management for Bhutanese citizens. This groundbreaking system provides individuals with greater control over their personal data and identity, fostering privacy and security in a digital age.
What sets this launch apart is the remarkable integration of the NDI system with third-party organizations, specifically TashiCell. The collaboration between NDI and TashiCell makes TashiCell one of the very first 3rd party organizations to have successfully integrated with NDI. This achievement paves the way for enhanced services and a more streamlined experience for customers.
TashiCell's integration with NDI extends to SIM card registration and the upload of Verifiable Credentials, specifically mobile numbers, to the NDI platform. This integration not only simplifies the SIM card registration process but also ensures that user data is securely and efficiently managed.
As a testament to this successful integration and TashiCell's pivotal role, the organization was awarded the prestigious title of 'Light House Partner' during the launch ceremony. This distinction is a source of immense pride for the entire TashiCell family.
The development unit behind this achievement, known as the Software Development Unit (SDU), played a pivotal role in integrating the SIM card registration web application with the NDI platform. This accomplishment represents a significant leap forward in the digitization of Bhutan's services, and SDU takes immense pride in contributing to this monumental stride.
The launch of the NDI app and the integration with third-party organizations like TashiCell herald a new era of digital identity management and user convenience in Bhutan. The country continues to be at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring its citizens have access to secure, efficient, and cutting-edge solutions. This historic moment promises a brighter and more technologically advanced future for Bhutan.