Cctlds

    • New gTLDs blamed as .pl starts to shrink

      Polish ccTLD .pl has lost over 125,000 domains in the last year, a change of growth trajectory blamed partly on new gTLDs. NASK, the registry, released its third-quarter report in English today. It’s overflowing with more statistics than you could possibly need about the TLD’s performance. The headline is that .pl is on the decline.

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    • Roberts elected to ICANN board

      Channel Islands ccTLD operator Nigel Roberts has been elected to ICANN’s board of directors. He gathered an impressive 67% of the votes in an anonymous poll of ccNSO members conducted last week. He received 60 votes versus the 29 cast for his only opponent, Pierre Ouedraogo, an internet pioneer from Burkina Faso. Roberts, a Brit, runs ChannelIsles.net, registry manager for .

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    • China and cheapo TLDs drag down industry growth — CENTR

      The growth of the worldwide domain industry continued to slow in the third quarter, according to data out today from CENTR. There were 311.1 million registered domains across over 1,500 TLDs at the end of September, according to the report, 0.7% year-over-year growth. The new gTLD segment, which experienced a 7.2% decline to 20.6 million names, was the biggest drag.

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  • In harsh tones, ccNSO rejects NomCom appointee

    … ICANN’s Country Code Names Supporting Organization has rejected the appointment to its Council of a Canadian registry director. Saying NomCom ignored long-standing guidance to avoid appointing registry employees, the ccNSO Council has said the recent naming of Marita Moll to the role is “unacceptable”. Moll will have to choose between sitting…

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  • Another ccTLD plays down the “com”

    … and .gov.mt we possible. NIC (Malta) said that existing .mt registrants will be able to claim their matching second-level names for free until the end of November 2020. That’s a similar policy to the one adopted by Nominet in the UK, one of several ccTLDs to allow “direct” registrations in recent years. Others include New Zealand (.nz), Kenya (.ke…

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  • Five million Indian government workers to get IDN email

    … The Indian government has announced plans to issue fully Hindu-script email addresses to some five million civil servants. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced the move, which will see each government employee given an @सरकार.भारत email address, in a statement this week. सरकार.भारत transliterates as “sarkar.bharat…

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  • auDA now looking to outsource .au registry

    … Australian ccTLD overseer auDA appears to have softened its approach to overhauling the management of .au. The organization said today that it’s now planning to look for an “outsourced registry operation” that will come online in July 2018. In recent months, the company had been looking for suppliers to help it build a dedicated, in-house…

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  • Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

    … Disgruntled domainers have managed to arrange for a vote on whether auDA chair Stuart Benjamin should be fired. auDA, the .au ccTLD administrator, has been under fire for many months from registrants who believe the organization is being managed in an increasingly erratic and secretive manner. Now, a campaign and petition at Grumpy.com.au…

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  • India to have SIXTEEN ccTLDs

    … While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, .بارت, .भारतम्, .भारोत…

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  • InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

    … organization needs to streamline, according to the working group that came up with the paper, in order to more effectively compete with the influx of new TLDs, which has seen ccTLDs see slowing growth. .nz is one of the few ccTLDs that has a direct new gTLD competitor — .kiwi. It also wants to diversify its revenue streams outside of domain registration…

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  • Neustar’s .au deal in peril as Aussies look in-house

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA is looking at bringing its back-end infrastructure in house, to the possible detriment of Neustar. In a surprise move, auDA said late last month that several months of talks with AusRegistry, aimed at possibly extending its current back-end contract beyond 2018, had failed. AusRegistry has operated .au for auDA…

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  • Belgium domains will be registered in Ireland after cloud move

    … maintenance, executives said. “As AWS sees to the hardware, connectivity etc., DNS Belgium can focus on the layers above, such as the software,” general manager Philip Du Bois said in a press release. Business development manager Lut Goedhuys said that while the system has been moved to the cloud, AWS allows customers to select the data centers where their applications will be stored. DNS Belgium picked Ireland, she said. Tweet Tagged: .be, .cloud, amazon, aws, cctlds, dns belgium …

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    … for the right to get to pre-approve the release of “es” and “it” domains, whereas the governments of the US and UK really could not care less. The most-recent formal GAC advice on the subject, coming out of the July meeting in Helsinki, merely said ICANN should: urge the relevant Registry or the Registrar to engage with the relevant GAC members when…

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  • “Ditch .com!” government to tell Indians

    … as saying the campaign will play up to nationalist sentiments The government wants to grow .in from about 2.1 million domains to 3 million domains by March next year, it said. Prices could come down to the $2 to $3 range, the paper said. The campaign is due to start in a month or so, it was reported. Tweet Tagged: .com, .in, cctlds, india …

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  • Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

    … Period would be limited to those companies or government entities in charge of matching ccTLDs. The measures are outlined in “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes” (pdf), published by ICANN late last week. The surprisingly succinct document outlines three things new…

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  • Brexit probably no big deal for UK domain owners

    … are pretty flexible when it comes to bolting on additional eligible countries. So-called Brexit — British exit from the EU — is unlikely to happen for two years or more, if it happens at all. The thinking right now is that if/when the UK does finally formally leave it is likely to either become a member of the European Economic Area or have otherwise…

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  • Norway bans the Dutch from using dormant .bv

    … The Norwegian government has intervened to prevent a deal that would have allowed the sale of .bv domain names in the Netherlands. Norwegian ccTLD registry Norid and Dutch counterpart SIDN said a deal to start using the dormant ccTLD fell apart after the government exercised its right of veto under Norway’s domain regulations. .bv represents…

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