The Cameroon government has launched a promotional campaign to boost registrations and use of the country’s ccTLD .cm with a huge reduction in registration fees, according to a report in Business in Cameroon.
Cameroonâs ccTLD, best known for attracting scammers and spammers who typosquat the equivalent .com domain names, is reducing the annual registration fee from CFA130,000 (US$233) to CFA7,000 ($12.50) according to a report in Business in Cameroon.
According to the report, there is a low awareness of the Cameroonian country code top level domain, with Ebot Ebot Enaw, director of the countryâs national ICT agency saying âthat many people do not know where they can register .cm domain names and some do not even know the price.â
To address the lack of awareness, Cameroon Telecommunications has launched a promotional campaign for the countryâs ccTLD to explain the advantages of .cm domain names and how they can be registered. As of 2016 there were around 53,000 .cm domain names registered, with price being a major disincentive.
But there may be another disincentive. As Krebs on Security reported in March this year, âif you try to visit some of the most popular destinations on the Web but omit the âoâ in .com (and type .cm instead), thereâs a good chance your browser will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages â potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely.â Having your companyâs domain name in such a crime-ridden ccTLD may not be much of an incentive for businesses and consumers.
With prices being lowered, and without changes in eligibility, itâs likely .cm will only become even more spammier. Itâs also unclear if the reduction applies to second and/or third level domains.
Cameroon’s ccTLD (.CM) is the most dangerous TLD when it comes to malicious websites according to McAfee’s third annual Mapping the Mal Web report released this week.
Mr Moustapha Saya Kaigama, president of NETCOM.cm says, “This is a very exciting time for us, and a big dream come true. Today we see the CM name space open to everyone worldwide. We are very pleased that we can offer 2nd level .CM domain registrations (CO.CM COM.CM and NET.CM). This is also a great opportunity to get your very own Cameroon domain name”.
Even since the inception of ccTLDs, the Republic of Cameroon has lagged behind other ccTLD providers due to lack of infrastructure and technical expertise. With the help of its valued partners, and the founding of Netcom.CM Sarl,Â the Republic of Cameroon is pleased to be able to provide their own ccTLD name space to the world.
Moustapha exclaims, “We expect the CM name space to grow in popularity and over time become a dominant ccTLD name space”. Moustapha continues, “I would also like to thank our esteemed team of registrars. Without them, this launch would not be successful”.
Second Level CM domain names can be registered through any accredited Netcom Registrar.