It is important for the public to realise that one of the primary purposes of the Wholesale Fee is to sustain and enhance a critical piece of Internet infrastructure. The risks of not adequately supporting a robust and well functioning SLD space far exceeds the costs and charges associated with a single domain name registration. The Wholesale Fee is essentially an investment into bridging the digital divide and sustaining a highly competitive, relevant and secure digital space for South Africans. If the Wholesale Fee is set to increase or decrease, the decision should largely be informed by the operational and administrative costs associated with running the SLD namespace. Not much information has been provide on these costs, including whether the regulator anticipates that they will increase or decrease in the coming financial year.
DNS would like to welcome a new addition to the family; Eddie Mofokeng (23 years old) joins the DNS team as a Devops Technician. Eddie is a Mathematical Sciences graduate majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg. With just over a month since joining the team, he tells us what he enjoys… Continue reading DNS.Business welcomes new DevOps Technician
On 2 July 2018, I was fortunate enough to start my new job as an admin and communications intern at Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd, an IT company in Midrand specialising in Internet domain name technologies. One of my many responsibilities is to plan, organise and attend events for marketing purposes. I work with the… Continue reading DNS Africa to launch its exciting new Gateway solution at this years iWeek an AfPIF conference in Cape Town (20-24 August)
The SLR experience of .NZ has matured a bit more than that of the .UK, primarily because the Preferential Registration Eligibility (PRE) period has already expired and the the bulk of .NZ SLRs are currently available on a first-come-first-served basis. Although the SLR take-up has produced a significant number of new delegations (over 134,781), the question remains:… Continue reading SLRs : The .NZ Experience
One of the key focuses of the ZADNA Discussion Document on SLRS (section 3) was the recent experiences of other ccTLDs, such as Colombia (.co), United Kingdom (.UK), New Zealand (.NZ), Kenya (.KE) and Australia (.AU). We took a closer look at these examples and discovered some interesting facts. The grass is not always greener on the other side and it appears that the .ZA flagship SLD (CO.ZA) is doing pretty well, considering the challenges.
In 2013, Nominet released a consultation with regards to registration of Second Level Domain Names (SLDs). It was done "as part of a broader programme of work aimed at driving innovation, enhancing security and improving standards in the .uk namespace". The plan was not without controversy: https://econsultancy.com/blog/63059-nominet-stands-to-gain-millions-from-uk-domains-but-do-businesses-really-need-them/ http://www.mydomainnames.co.uk/ http://domainincite.com/14490-nominet-under-fire-for-lack-of-transparency Whilst the full process is yet… Continue reading .UK vs .CO.UK – some figures