ICANN is seeking speakers for their next (virtual) for their pre-ICANN72 ccTLD News Sessions on 6 and 7 October. ccTLDs with a best practice, project solution or case study to share with the broader community or even a market development, or perhaps legal or operational news that is engaging, relevant and informative to other ccTLDs from across the world are requested to put their hands up and nominate themselves.
Facebook and Google are planning two new undersea internet cables to connect South East Asia to North America.
Registrations under the Indonesian ccTLD .id will be available to everyone, everywhere, by the end of 2019, PANDI announced last week. Currently 96% of the 318,000 registrations are to Indonesians, 4% to registrants abroad.
The policy and regulatory body for .id, PANDI, wants to tap into .id being a useful domain name ending for âideaâ or âidentificationâ following moves by the Colombia (.co), Montenegro (.me), and Tuvalu (.tv) who have seen their ccTLDs become in effect gTLDs. Over the next few years they are expecting a rapid increase in registrations. To help grow registrations, PANDI is looking to expand its registrar base around the world with discussion to take place with the government on how to go about this. There will also be support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
As part of the move, PANDI is also ensuring that their policies are in compliance with the European Unionâs General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
According to a report in The Jakarta Post, PANDI hopes to achieve 800,000 registrations by the end of 2019 and to have a “50/50 division between domestic and foreign registrants.”
As a ccTLD of Indonesia, the use of .id will be subject to the laws and regulations applicable in Indonesia, so PANDI may also reject registrations, temporarily disabling them or deleting domain names that violate Indonesian legislation.
The .xyz new gTLD may have dropped 5 million registrations this year following very low renewal rates following discounted promotions in 2016, but it hasnât stopped them having an eye on more discounted promotions.
Five nations in Asia â Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam â 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.
The first L-Root instance in Indonesia has been successfully installed in Jakarta, increasing the Domain Name System’s (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
The launch of the L-Root server node is a joint operation between ICANN and Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI), Indonesia’s Country Code Top Level Domain Operator of .id, who supplied the equipment necessary for the installation of the new L-Root node.
“We are very pleased to host the L-Root which is the third root server in Indonesia, in addition to the existing I- and F-Root servers. It is important to improve the reliability, speed and resilience of the Internet in our country,” said PANDI Chairman, Andi Budimansyah.
“The successful installation of Indonesia’s first L-Root instance is a historical moment made possible with ICANN‘s collaboration with PANDI, as well as the multi-stakeholder community of Indonesia, including the Indonesian government that has been a close partner of ICANN in the region. This is a testimony of ICANN‘s commitment to Indonesia and we look forward to bringing in more L-Root instances into the country,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, ICANN Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific.
This cooperation is an effort to enhance the security, stability and resiliency to Indonesian Internet users and reduce the response time experienced when making some DNS queries.
Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General of the Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) said, “The Ministry of Communication & Information Technology highly appreciate any activities related to the ICT programs that improve the reliability of internet and internet governance in Indonesia. One of our main objectives is to strengthen the national DNS. With an L-Root instance in Indonesia, and with closer cooperation with ICANN, Indonesia’s Internet governance is expected to be increasingly well-organized and the security, reliability and integrity of the operation of the Internet in Indonesia will significantly improve.”
There are 13 “root” DNS servers, identified by the letters A through M â the “L” root server operated by ICANN being one. Computers typically communicate with each other using numeric addresses, while humans find it easier to use and remember names (for instance, users typically remember the domain name “ICANN.ORG” more easily than the Internet Protocol address, 2620:0:2d0:200::7). The DNS translates names into addresses and the root servers provide the pointers to the server for top-level domains (the last part of domain names, for example, “ORG” in “ICANN.ORG”).
Spreading this root information out geographically by duplicating the root servers leads to a resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of being taken offline by a problem or attack and reduces the time it takes to look up names on the Internet.
For more information about L-root, please visit www.dns.icann.org/.
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To begin a Sunrise phase will run for three months where trademark holders in Indonesia will get to register their relevant domain names. Then there will be a âGrandfatherâ phase for existing registrants of .co.id and .or.id domain names that will last for two months. And then prior to general availability will be a Landrush phase.
On 17 August, Indonesiaâs Independence Day, general availability for eligible registrants will commence.
According to media reports, eligibility for second level registrations is unknown. Currently there are eleven second level domains (for third level registrations) and there are different eligibility rules for most of these.
The media reports note that âthe most popular â.co.idâ requires the buyer present a business permit and a tax identification number (NPWP), whereas you only need to present your national card if you want to buy a â.web.idâ domain.â
Following the 2010 Names Policy Panel, auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has announced they will be implementing some of the Panelâs recommendations.
There are two main policy changes. One relates to domain monetisation in .com.au and .net.au, which sees the policy rules in effect âincorporated into the Domain Name Eligibility and Allocation Policy Rules for Open 2LDs at Schedules C (com.au) and E (net.au).â
The second relates to the little used .id.au 2LD, previously open only to individuals using their actual name or nickname. Now registrants will be able to register a domain name in the 2LD that relates to âa personal interest or hobby of the registrant.â
NIC Costa Rica announced that on 16 October 2012, the registries from Germany (.de), Brazil (.br) and Czech Republic (.cz) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NIC Costa Rica (.cr). In their announcement NIC Costa Rica notes âthe agreements allows for mutually beneficial projects such as: promote the exchange of expertise, share best practices related to management, strategy and business models, work together on initiatives that can lead to more efficient processes among other projects.â
The registry for .id domain names (Indonesia) said there is a good chance the ccTLD will become the largest in south east Asia. According to a Tech In Asia report,Â Indonesiaâs 103,882 .id domains are still outnumbered by Singaporeâs .sg and Malaysiaâs .my domains, which have 144,591 and 206,663 registered domains respectively.â The ccTLD has seen a 62.5 percent increase in registration in 2012 with the registry, PANDI, forecasting a growth rate of up to 170 percent in 2013 which, if it happens, would mean there would be 300,000 more new .id domain names at the end of 2013.
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and SIDN have jointly written to ICANN on the subject of last resort redelegation. The move is linked to contingency arrangements that the ministry and SIDN made in the 2008 Covenant on Safeguarding the .nl Domain, with a view to ensuring the continuity and stability of the .nl domain under all circumstances. The letter informs ICANN about the Covenant and about the contingency arrangements made at the national level, in case a last resort redelegation should ever be necessary.
On 19 December, 2012, the Coordination Center for TLD RU/Ð Ð¤ hosted a press conference on the “Russian Domain Space 2012: the bottom line”. The press conference looked at the achievement os 2012 and emerging future trends.
Issues covered were the stability of Russiaâs TLDs, .ru and .ÑÑ, the growth in registrations of both TLDs to go past a combined total of five million, the safety of the DNS and DNSSEC and Russian applications for new gTLDs.
And the Coordination Center for TLD RU also announced the Russian Domains stats portal now enables to compare the domain zones in a highly visual mode. Compare Data will prove useful for web analysts, media and other Internet community members as well as for the members of the domain industry.
The Singaporean registry, SGNIC, announced that from 2 January 2013, all new businesses and companies registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) via its BizFile system on or after 5 October 2012, will save at least S$30 for the first year of registration for their first .sg domain name (ending with “.com.sg” or “.sg”).
In another SGNIC announcement, from 1 to 31 January 2013, a selected group of Premium Domain Names (âPDNsâ) will be released for application at a base price ranging from $642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.