.za is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa as maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). The letter combination is based on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 two letter country codes as part of the part of the ISO 3166 standard. The .za namespace is managed and regulated by the ECT … Continue reading .ZA – The Official South African Domain
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.
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.