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.CZ Turns 25!

CZ_NIC_logoOn 13 January the .cz ccTLD celebrated its 25th anniversary. The country code top level domain for the Czech Republic replaced .cs which disappeared along with Czechoslovakia. According to statistics from the CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the Czech Republic’s ccTLD, there are now more than 1.3million .cz domain names.

“Internet domains have been registered in the Czech Republic since the early 1990s. At that time, those were now non-existent .CS domains. The registration of these domains was the responsibility of the computing center at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. The Czech domain .CZ came to be after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993. At that time, the domain administrator covered the costs of the registration system, and the registration and use of the second level domain names was free of charge,” recalls Ondřej Filip, CEO of CZ.NIC that has been administering the national domain since September 1999.

According to public statistics from CZ.NIC, most registrants have just the one domain name, with the most common length being nine characters. In terms of regional representation, the most registrants reside in Prague, while the Karlovy Vary region has traditionally had the lowest number of them. Outside the Czech Republic, .cz domains are being registered mostly in Slovakia, Germany and the United States of America.

“.CZ is by far the most widely used domain in the Czech Republic. Two key events contributed to this fact: in 1997, relatively strict registration rules relaxed, which made it possible for natural persons to register domain names. Ten years later, CZ.NIC introduced its own FRED domain administration and registration system, which significantly accelerated the registration process and also made it cheaper,” adds Ondřej Filip.

2015 CENTR Awards finalists revealed

CENTR small logo[news release] CENTR today announced the shortlisted candidates in each of the five categories of the 2015 CENTR Awards, which aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that are making a difference in the industry.

Marketing category:
• AustriaLoves.at – “Darlinks” of the nation, NIC.AT (.at)
• Domain Pirates campaign, IIS (.se)
• “Without a name it remains a dream” campaign, Registro.it

Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) category:
• OPTIMISE Fund, IEDR (.ie)
• Browse in Catalan, Fundació PuntCAT (.cat)
• Community Investment Program, CIRA (.ca)

Research and Development (R&D) category:
• Zonemaster by Afnic and .IIS (.fr, .se)
• Knot DNS by CZ.NIC (.cz)
• turing by Nominet (.uk)

Security category:
• Rapid adoption of DNSSEC, Norid (.no)
• Collaboration on auditing the ISO27001 ISMS, Christa Falkensammer (SWITCH [.ch]), Boban Krsic (DENIC [.de]) and Christian Proschinger (NIC.AT [.at])
• Turris Project, CZ.NIC (.cz)

Contributor of the Year category:
• Lise Fuhr (DK Hostmaster, .dk) and Mathieu Weill (Afnic, .fr) (combined nomination)
• CZ.NIC (Registry as a whole)
• Marcos Sanz (DENIC, .de)
• Kristof Tuyteleers (DNS Belgium, .be)

All shortlisted nominations in the first four categories were forwarded to Jury members, who have until 18 September to submit their choices. “This shortlist is very promising”, says Carolina Aguerre, LACTLD General Manager and Chair of the 2015 CENTR Awards Jury. “We really look forward to diving into the details of each project.”

This year, the CENTR community will also be voting for the Contributor of the Year Award. Votes are open to full and associate CENTR members, with one ballot per member.

The winners this year’s edition will be announced at the 2015 CENTR Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 7 October.

Congratulations to all participants!

This CENTR news release was sourced from:
https://centr.org/news/centr-awards/08-25-2015/4343/2015-centr-awards-finalists-revealed

NIX.CZ Association Launches New Project To Make Czech Internet Safer

[news release] ACTIVE 24, CESNET, CZ.NIC, Dial Telecom, Seznam.cz and Telefónica Czech Republic are the six companies that joined the new project called Secure VLAN. It is designed to help to cope with the DoS and DDoS attacks which are targeting the popular Internet services in the Czech Republic.

The Secure VLAN project has home to existence on the NIX.CZ platform as a reaction to massive DoS attacks of March 2013. By joining the project, these companies clearly indicate their intention to make Czech Internet safer for their customers. Currently, there are other companies preparing to join the project too.

“Naturally, for a significant number of companies connected to NIX.CZ it is their key Czech customers that matter the most. During attacks it becomes impossible for affected customers to connect to important Internet services. In an event of such an attack a company joined in the project has a possibility to maintain a connection through the Secure VLAN and provide access to services thanks to other companies joined in the Secure VLAN project and this is the basic idea of the project.” explains Martin Semrád, the director of the NIX.CZ Association.

A participation in the project is subject to a number of conditions set in the Terms which must be fulfilled by each company wishing to join the project. For example, the company must be connected to NIX.CZ for a certain time period prior to joining the project, it must be trustworthy and it has to actively participate at the Working groups.

“To become a member of the Secure VLAN  a company must have a first-rate level of technology. Potential participants must fulfil strict security conditions and they have to make adjustments of their networks, such as implement safety measures against IP spoofing, which is the most common method to hide the true origin of DoS attacks.” adds Adam Golecký, the technical director of the Czech peering node.

The Secure VLAN is governed by its members, who are fully independent from NIX.CZ and have a full autonomy in their decisions. The project started to emerge last year and the representatives of the NIX.CZ Association have been discussing it on a number of Working groups and meetings.

“I am firmly convinced that a membership in such a project will become vital for companies that provide connection for important services, these need to maintain an uninterrupted connection even in the most critical moments. For many this step will mean a financial investment which will however return in a bigger marketing potential due to the membership in such a project.” says Martin Semrád.

CZ.NIC brings clarity to the domain market by introducing registrar certification

CZ.NIC logoRegistrar certification is being introduced by the registry for .CZ domain names to help give registrants greater confidence when registering domain names.

The new certification comes about after CZ.NIC observed the near tripling since 2008 of firms in the Czech Republic offering domain name registration services as well as serious pricing competition leading to what the registry views as “disorder” in the market.

The registrar certification project is aimed at providing those interested in domain names a basic overview of the level of services offered by individual registrars and at defining the ideal qualities and functions of the registration system and related services.

“Certification is voluntary, and a registrar can apply at any time. The evaluation takes into account criteria such as the possibility to register the .CZ domain, the quality of help and documentation as well as the technical functionality of the system and additional services. A registrar can earn up to five stars depending on their level. Registrars with at least one star are authorized to use the designation Registrar Certified for Retail,” explains Martin Peterka, operations director of CZ.NIC and the person responsible for the Association’s cooperation with .CZ domain registrars.

As the evaluation project is intended for registrars focused on end customers, the assessment criteria are defined according to the needs of this type of client.

For more information on .CZ domain names, see www.nic.cz.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Three-Quarters Million .CZ Domains

CZ.NIC logoThere are now three-quarters of a million .CZ domain names, the registry for .CZ domain names, cz.nic, has announced.

For more information, see the news release below:

The pace of new domain registrations continues to keep up. There are already 750,000 of them
Prague, 6 January 2011 – Today at 3:20 a.m., the CZ.NIC association, administrator of the Czech top-level domain, recorded the 750,000th registration of the .CZ domain. The average monthly increase in the number of .CZ domains has thus remained around 10,000. The last 50,000 domains have been added since last August. According to CZ.NIC statistics, 87% of domain holders are men, and 52% are companies and legal entities.

“From the beginning of 2006 until October 2007, around 5000 domains were registered each month. Since 2007, after the migration to FRED, a new registration system that streamlined the process and made it much cheaper, the number of new registrations has doubled. If we maintain this trend, we could celebrate the first million by the end of 2012,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

CZ.NIC Announces Decreases in Prices for .CZ Domains

cz.nic logoCZ.NIC, the registry for .CZ domains, has announced they will decrease their annual registration fee for registering a .CZ domain as of 1 January 2010. The wholesale price for a domain registration will drop from the current CZK 190 excl. VAT to CZK 155 excl. VAT.

“After more than two years there is again a price drop in .CZ domains. In this way we stick to our medium-term strategy,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of CZ.NIC association. ”The valid pricelist can be found on the CZ.NIC website as of today.”

The current wholesale price of the Czech national domain is CZK 190 excl. VAT. This rate has been valid since October 2007 when the CZ.NIC association migrated to the new registration system FRED. The latter was developed by CZ.NIC as an open-source solution and is used not only by the Czech administrator but also by national domain register administrators in Angola or Tanzania.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

600,000 .CZ Domains Registered: CZ.NIC

cz.nic logoCZ.NIC announced they have reached the 600,000th registered .CZ domain name earlier this month. The milestone was reached on 30 September. Jumping from 500,000 to 600,000 registered domains took less than ten months with around 10,000 domain names being registered every month.

“The .CZ domain has held the position of most requested domain for a long time with Czech registrars, which essentially confirms the global trend for the preference of national domains. On average, this year we have recorded around 10,000 new .CZ names every month” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Another reason for the increase in domain name registrations was the introduction of a new domain name management system in October 2007 called FRED. This made the registration process much quicker and simplified the process and made the registration costs cheaper.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.