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.IN Registry Transition to Neustar Registry Platform Complete

In a short statement Friday on the TransitionSupport.in website, it was announced the transition of .in to its new Neustar-backed Registry platform was complete, with the transition completed at 00:01 (UTC) 1 March 2019.

As a result of the transition, .in and the 7 existing Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) are now being served by over 30 global DNS locations, provided by six anycast global networks, split across multiple redundant and high-capacity network providers. All DNS traffic is protected by Neustar SiteProtect DDoS protection, providing over 10Tbps scrubbing capacity globally.

In the near future, all 22 official languages of India will be supported, once the Centre for Development and Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and NIXI complete the remaining 7 language tables (Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Sanskrit, Santali, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Malayalam), which will be launched in the .Bharat IDN TLDs selected by NIXI.

Domain Names Soon In All Of India’s 22 Languages

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It will soon be possible to register domain names in all 22 of India’s scheduled languages, including 9 Indian scripts.

“Work is on for nine Indian scripts – Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. These scripts are expected to cover many different local languages,” ICANN India head Samiran Gupta told PTI.

Currently just over half (52%) of the world’s population has access to the internet. One of the means of bridging the digital divide is to enable domain names in as many language scripts, known as internationalised domain names, as possible around the world to allow internet users to type in and read internet addresses in their own languages.

“Many of the remaining 48% are non-English speaking people and those who do not have the ability to type in English. The work will allow domain names to be available for these people in their languages,” the ICANN India head said in the PTI article.

There is currently a community-based panel in India to allow the domain names in regional languages, which in turn would enable the system to publish local language content being searched.

“This work for defining rules for the domain names for languages spoken in India is underway with a dedicated community based panel,” Gupta said.

According to PTI, the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel, as it is called, consists of more than 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore, where these languages and scripts are used, Gupta said.

The proposals for six scripts – Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Oriya and Telugu – are already released for public comment. “One can review these proposals and provide comments by visiting icann.org/idn,” he said. Currently there are 4.2 billion Internet users globally which may rise to 5 billion by 2022, Gupta said.

For more information on internationalised domain names, see

Indian Market Grows 7% to 5.3 Million Domain Names in 2017

There are 5.3 million domain names registered by businesses and individuals in India, with the 2 most popular TLDs being .com and .in, the only 2 with more than one million registrations.

However unlike most developed countries where the ccTLD is the most popular top level domain, in India it’s .com with 3.02 million registrations (57% of all registrations) as of 31 December 2017 easily eclipsing India’s own country code top level domain (ccTLD) .in with 1.4 million registrations (26%), according to statistics published by Zinnov.

There are 170,000 domain names registered in new generic top level domains (new gTLDs), 240,000 in .net and 180,000 in .org.

Overall registrations in the world’s second most populous country grew by 7.1% for the year compared to growth globally of 0.9%. And almost half (48%) of all domain names registered are used for websites, up from 40% at the end of 2016. The number parked for monetisation dropped from 25-30% to 11-13% and the number used just for email drpped rom 10-12% to 9-11%. Domain names used only for mobile-enabled websites roughly tripled to 8-10% from 3-4%.

Apart from the east of India which accounts for 7% of all registrations in the country, registrations are spread fairly evenly with 32% of all domains registered in the north of the country, 30% in the west and 31% in the south.

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) continue to prefer .com followed closely by .in. Interestingly 80% of SMB registrants said cost was not a concern and over half (53%) have social media pages.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website, bcci.tv, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

It appears from the numerous Indian media reports that the domain name was registered to Lalit Modi who maintains the website for the BCCI despite having been banned for life by the BCCI since 2010 and forced to live in exile in London after a series of financial misappropriation accusations, according to the Times of India.

However the problem with the renewal was that while the domain name was set to auto renew, there was a “payment gateway” issue preventing the registration. The domain name was registered by Modi in February 2006 and was valid until February 2019, however registration renewal was required by 3 February 2018. The official line is there was a problem with processing the credit card details, which makes one think the nominated credit card could have expired.

“Lalit Modi reinvented BCCI in many ways,” Modi's lawyer Mahmood Abdi said. “Digitalisation was one such sphere. While the then the mindset of BCCI functionaries was archaic vis a vis latest IPR avenues like domain names etc, Lalit Modi himself took the initiative and got host of domain names registered by him. Bcci.tv is one such domain name. Despite having been treated so unjustly by BCCI, Lalit Modi still keeps the domains alive and functional for the good of cricket and its administration.”

“The domain was on auto renewal. Whereas, there was some payment gateway issue which has been resolved and the website is operational. BCCI should have been proactive to get this domain renewed well in time so as to avoid the glitch. Many domain names are relating to cricket are owned by Lalit Modi and some of them are subjudice. Lalit Modi takes care of their updation and upkeep,” he added.

When the domain name wasn’t renewed, it was put up for auction on a couple of aftermarket outlets including NameJet receiving 7 bids and a top bid of $270. The issue even appears to have made it to the Bombay High Court.

It appears to be a good lesson for organisations to maintain their own domain name registrations and keeping contact details up to date.

.XYZ Celebrates Independence Day in 5 Asian Countries With Discounted Promotions

dotXYZ logoThe .xyz new gTLD may have dropped 5 million registrations this year following very low renewal rates following discounted promotions in 2016, but it hasn’t stopped them having an eye on more discounted promotions.

Five nations in Asia – Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam – celebrate their respective independence days in August and early September. To celebrate, .xyz has joined with regional registrars to run special, limited-time sales.

So if you want a discounted .xyz domain and want to use a regional registrar, check out the .xyz website here for a list of the promotions and registrars.

Results from Rising Star of the Domain Market .IN Auction

sedo-logoSedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetisation provider just wrapped up the hosting of a successful auction of premium .IN domain names. In total the .IN Special Auction featured more than 100 premium .IN domains, all submitted by our users. The overall interest produced many more applications than the 100 selected, but a preset limit was in place to maintain a feasible quantity within the auction.

The total sales amount culminated in nearly $37K with the top seller, apartment.in coming close to clearing $10K. Other names like big.in, get.in and more went for respectable prices with the emphasis on the auction being about generating awareness for these names as great investment opportunities. There was global interest with bids originating from countries like China, the US, Russia and as expected India.


The event’s success can be attributed to Sedo’s promotional activities at the recent WHD.India/NamesCon India as well as outreach through our extended partner network channels and from our Country Management team.

The auction results demonstrate that .IN domains are a valuable asset, one that will continue to grow in worth over the coming years.

Overall Results

Domain: Price:
apartment.in 9,950  USD
big.in 4,999 USD
get.in 3,800 USD
blogs.in 2,500 USD
funny.in 2,000 USD
gas.in 1,950 USD
forsale.in 1,500 USD
cashmere.in 1,450 USD
vision.in 1,200 USD
pal.in 1,049 EUR
tom.in 1,049 EUR
citybreaks.in 800 USD
cigarette.in 750 USD
fest.in 500 EUR
pgl.in 499 USD
bdm.in 499 USD
nmf.in 451 USD
bkr.in 399 EUR
fantastic.in 310 USD
employed.in 250 USD
belly.in 161 GBP
printings.in 150 USD
fellowship.in 119 USD

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Largest Indian Bank Moves To Its Own gTLD

State Bank of India logoIndia’s largest bank by assets, the State Bank of India, established in 1806, moved its online operations to its .SBI domain in early February from sbi.co.in.

One of the benefits for the bank is the security offered for the bank’s customers.

“Due to its non-replicability, a gTLD site like ‘.sbi’ conveys an assurance to the customer that the site is authorised, genuine and is not an inappropriate or phishing site,” SBI said in a statement.

Indian Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Reaffirms Support of Multistakeholder Model at ICANN’s 57th Public Meeting

ICANN57 Hyderabad India Logo[news release] India’s Minister of Law & Justice and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated India’s commitment to the multistakeholder model during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN’s 57th Public Meeting today.

The meeting, also known as ICANN57, is taking place in Hyderabad, India, from 3 – 9 November and has convened thousands of the global Internet community members (both on-site and remotely) to discuss and develop policies related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). It is hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana.

“India has supported the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and we are happy to note that the IANA stewardship transition has taken place. The Internet is a great equalizer and helps to connect all. It is now time to look ahead, to build the Internet of the future with the participation of all stakeholders,” said Prasad.

To expand India’s participation in the multistakeholder model, ICANN will work with India’s stakeholders, including the Government of India, to develop a structured framework focusing on fostering the development of the DNS industry in India. The framework will concentrate on capacity building for India’s stakeholders, gearing them up for active participation in ICANN and the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

“With the IANA stewardship transition behind us, our top priority now is to focus on our revised mission and new bylaws, and working together with the empowered community. Expanding our outreach is key to our mission. In this context, we are keen to further deepen our ongoing engagement in India. As the second largest group of Internet users globally, we welcome India’s voice and participation,” said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO.

India currently leads the world with seven internationalized country code top-level domains delegated and eight more have successfully passed evaluation. There is also a Neo-Brahmi script panel in place that is defining the rules for the nine scripts used in India for evaluating future top-level domain applications work. This will serve communities using these scripts globally, paving the way for a multilingual and more inclusive Internet.

ICANN57 is the first post-IANA stewardship transition public meeting and also the first Annual General Meeting under the new Meetings Strategy.

ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker added, “The world is watching closely to see how a post-transition ICANN community handles its new found role. And much of that focus will be on those of you who are involved in enhancing ICANN’s accountability and transparency.”

Indian Domain Market Grows 12% Per Year Over 3 Years To 2016

Domain name registrations have grown 11.9% (compound annual growth rate) per year during the period June 2013 to June 2016 compared to 8.7% globally. As of June 2016, registrations in India stood at 4.9 million in India and at 335 million globally. Over half (55%) of domain names registered in India .com domains.The findings are in a report titled State of the Domain Name Industry in India released by Zinnov. The study found that the Indian states with high penetration of internet users had a higher domain name adoption. Maharashtra, Delhi/NCR and Karnataka were the top 3 states with over 38% of the registered domain names in India while the east of the country was very low.Around 79% of small to medium businesses in India preferred a .com domain over other top level domains, 46% preferred a .in domain and 25% took both, with .com being preferred mostly because of trust and professional image according to the report. [editor: we’re still trying to work out these numbers] Overall 56% of registered domain names are .com domains and 28% are .in domains with 4% being .net.The report also found 40% of domain names are used for websites, 25-30% are used for parking and monetisation and 10 to 12% are used for email. The rest were for redirection to social media pages and trade/ecommerce portals, mobile websites or are for sale.”Technology has continued to be the key transformative factor driving the Indian economy. The rapidly growing Internet user base as well as the ever increasing number of technology enabled SMBs has helped India witness significant growth in domain name adoption over the last few years,” Pari Natarajan, CEO and Co-Founder of Zinnov said. “Increased awareness about the various usages of domain names including websites, professional email, redirects to social media pages and trade portal etc. will further help drive the market.””A modern Digital SMB is powered by technology solutions that help drive top line growth, maximize output and derive cost efficiency,” said Praveen Bhadada, Practice Head and Partner – Digital Practice, commenting on the current market landscape. “Having a domain name is a key solution that enables SMBs to create their own professional identity and enhance their digital discoverability. As India continues to witness one of the fastest growth of impact of Internet on GDP, such digital enablement of SMBs will further drive the growth momentum.””We congratulate all the market players who are a part of this growth journey in the Indian domain name industry and would encourage them to invest further in building awareness and market creation activities. India boasts of one of the largest SMB base in the world and increasing propulsion of Indian SMBs towards digital adoption presents a huge untapped opportunity,” he added.The report is available for download from:

Provide Input to the CCT Review Team at ICANN57

ICANN57 Hyderabad India LogoThe Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review team (CCT-RT) is at a critical stage in its work. After 10 months of meetings and discussions, the group will soon begin to share its findings. The CCT-RT invites all stakeholders to join a community engagement session at ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India on Friday, November 4 from 09:00-10:30 IST (time conversion here) in Hall 3 to share input on the Review Team’s findings and help inform next steps.

Session Agenda

  1. CCT-RT Process update (09:00-09:05)
  2. Take-away from surveys/studies (09:05-09:20)
    • Global Consumer Survey and Global Domain Name Registrant Survey (Nielsen)
    • Economic Analysis on New gTLD Program’s Competition Effects (Analysis Group)
    • Interviews (AM Global)
  3. CCT-RT narratives and high-level findings (09:20-10:00)
    • Competition & Consumer Choice followed by Q&A
    • Safeguards & Trust followed by Q&A
    • Application & Evaluation Process followed by Q&A
  4. Work plan & timeline (10:00-10:05)
  5. Open microphone (10:05-10:30)

How can I participate?

Join us in-person on Friday, November 4 from 09:00 – 10:30 IST (time conversion here) in Hall 3 or remotely via the Adobe Connect Room to voice your unique feedback. Audio transcripts of the session will be made available on the sessions detail page.

Suggestions can also be sent to the CCT-RT’s dedicated mailing-list: input-to-cctrt@icann.org, which is publicly archived.

What is the focus of the CCT Review?

The CCT Review is examining how the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice in the domain name space. It is also examining the effectiveness of the application and evaluation procesess, as well as the safeguards put in place to mitigate issues involved in the introduction or expansion of gTLDs.

What are Reviews?

The CCT Review is a part of ICANN‘s “Specific Reviews.” Specific Reviews are led by the global Internet community, and serve as a tool for the community to provide input into ICANN‘s processes. Specific Reviews look at past performance and current processes to make recommendations that will help ICANN improve future performance. The reviews take a fact-driven approach to measure progress and deliver a health-check that identifies recommendations for improvement.

How can I find out additional information?

Note: The CCT-RT will be holding a two-day face-to-face meeting on 2-3 November. For details on how to listen in or join in-person, visit here.

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