We are constantly adding new registries and domain name extensions to our Gateway Portal and our newest additions are Country Code Top level domains (ccTLDs): .JE and .GG and their Second Level Domains (SLDs). .JE First registered in September 1996, .JE is the ccTLD for the Crown dependency of Jersey. With a history extending over 1000 years, heavily influenced by … Continue reading New Extensions added to Gateway
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.
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
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.