Second Level Registrations (SLRs), other ccTLDs vs .ZA

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.

.UK vs .CO.UK – some figures

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

The complexities of .za SLRs

The global ccTLD market is seeing significant change with several prominent registry operators opening registrations at the second level (SLRs). It seems likely that the South Africa ccTLD administrator will follow this international SLR trend, but we should all be aware of the complexities and risks that this holds for the .za namespace. This is a challenge and opportunity that we dare not take lightly.