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Jordan’s ccTLD Halves Registration Fees

The Jordan National Information Technology Center has announced it halved the registration fees for .jo domain names on 1 July.

The Jordanian ccTLD is one of the smaller ones with 4,809 domain name registrations as of 20 July, almost half (2,225) at the second level and almost one third (1,546) under .com.jo.


The new fees will see .jo domain names now available for registration for $71, and given the original fee was double this it’s not hard to see why, in part, registration numbers were so low. Registrations in third level domains are lower.

Eligibility for .jo domain names is explained below.

Top-Level Domain Who is Entitled?
.com.jo Commercial entities (companies, franchises, restaurants, ISPs, hospitals)
.net.jo Networks (ISPs, medical networks)
.org.jo Not-for-Profit Organizations and NGOs
.gov.jo Jordanian government entities (ministries, government offices)
.mil.jo Jordanian military entities (armed forces, public security directorate, air force, civil defense bureau, intelligence services)
.edu.jo Jordanian educational institutes – both public and private – such as universities, colleagues, schools, training centers…
.sch.jo Jordanian schools, both public and private
.per.jo Jordanian citizens and alien residents residing in Jordan
.phd.jo Jordanian Ph.D. holders and visiting professors
.jo All of the above mentioned entities except Jordanian citizens, alien residents residing in Jordan, Jordanian Ph.D. holders, and visiting professors


ICANN: Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

ICANN logoThis is the second edition of the Middle East DNS Forum (ME DNS), which aims to build on the inaugural forum that took place in Dubai, early 2014.

  • What: Middle East DNS Forum
    When: March 9-10, 2015
    TIMES: 8:00 – 17:30 (please see agenda below)
    Where: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAG-Uni), Amman, Jordan

The ME DNS Forum is being hosted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and is co-organized by both ICANN and The Internet Society (ISOC). The 2-day event will cover topics on ccTLDs, new gTLDs, IDNs, the Domain Name Industry in underserved regions, as well as provide a brief and update on the IANA Stewardship Transition. This year’s agenda was developed by a Program Committee consisting of 6 community members with expertise in various fields of the domain name industry. More on the forum can be found at amman2015.mednsf.org/en/.

Middle East DNS Forum


This Forum aims to be the regional networking place for the DNS industry’s key players.

Who should attend: Registries, registrars, registrants, ccTLDs, new gTLD applicants, service providers, brand owners, and legal firms

Purpose: To build bridges between interested parties in the region and world’s experts in the field; by sharing experiences and best practices in the domain name industry at a global level, and of the emerging business opportunities.

Middle East DNS Forum Agenda

Monday March 9, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Opening Session – Keynote Address
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 The Internet Industry in the ME region and the Untapped Business Opportunities Available
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 New gTLDs: Experiences, and the Way Forward
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) – Lack of Utilization and the Hidden Potential
17:30-20.00 Networking Dinner
Tuesday March 10, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 ccTLDs and gTLDs: Coexisting in a New Environment
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 The IANA Stewardship Transition – What is in it for you?
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Breakout Sessions (Policy | Technical | Business)
17:00-17.30 Wrap-up and Closing

About the Middle East DNS Forum

The first edition of the forum took place in Dubai, UAE and attracted around 125 participants from more than 30 countries. More on the forum can be found online at http://mednsf.org/en/.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN Jordan Meeting Moved to Singapore

ICANN have officially announced the upcoming meeting to be held in Amman, Jordan, has been cancelled while rumours are circulating that it will be moved to Singapore, following the unrest across the Middle East, including in Jordan.Rumours were circulating at the Domain Pulse meeting in Vienna last Thursday and Friday were the meeting will be held in Singapore, although there has been no official confirmation from ICANN. The meeting is scheduled to happen on 19 to 24 June 2011.”The Board reluctantly made its decision after closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments affecting the Middle East,” says a posting on the ICANN Blog. “The decision reflects the Board’s view that regional developments could have a negative impact on attendance at the meeting.””We would like to offer our warm thanks to our Jordanian hosts, who were extremely constructive and helpful throughout the planning and preparation stages of the meeting. It is our sincere hope that Jordan might be willing to extend its kind hospitality to ICANN again in the future.”ICANN say more details on the upcoming meeting location will be made soon, although with the meeting only a few months away, Singapore would also seem a logical place with the infrastructure available to hold such a meeting likely to be available at short notice.

Jordan To Host ICANN June 2011 Meeting

Amman, Jordan, was selected to host ICANN’s second meeting in 2011, the meeting slated for the Asia Pacific region. The meeting will be held from 19 to 24 June. The Jordan meeting will be the 41st of its three meetings each year held around the globe.Amman was selected as part of the ICANN board meeting held last Friday that concluded the week-long meeting held in Cartagena, Colombia.The next ICANN meeting will be held in San Francisco from 13 to 18 March 2011.

Jordan Launches Internationalised TLD

ICANN logoJordan has become the most recent nation or territory to launch an internationalised top-level domain (IDN) as part of ICANNs IDN FastTrack process. The nation’s Information Technology Centre (NITC) has announced the launch of the Arabic IDN .الاردن. (.alordon).

The launch of the new TLD will help increase internet penetration in the country from 30 per cent currently to 50 per cent by the beginning of 2012, NITC General Manager Nabeel Al Fayoumi told The Jordan Times on the sidelines of the MENA ICT Forum 2010, which concluded Monday.

“By launching the domain in Arabic, we will be able to reach a larger number of people and encourage them to use the Internet. Currently, those who do not know English might find it difficult to surf certain websites, but when the domains are in Arabic, they will find it more convenient to use the web,” Fayoumi said.

The first Arabic domain name launched in Jordan is His Majesty King Abdullah’s website, adding that all websites of ministries and public agencies and educational institutions will soon have Arabic domain names, the report continued.

“Jordan is the fourth Arab state to launch domains in Arabic,” Fayoumi told The Jordan Times, adding that the plan is to have about 9,000 websites with Arabic domain names by the end of 2011.

IDNs use non-Latin language scripts (i.e., Arabic, Cyrillic, etc.) in the TLD portion of an Internet address.

In the news story, Al Fayoumi said, “By launching the domain in Arabic, we will be able to reach a larger number of people and encourage them to use the Internet. Currently, those who do not know English might find it difficult to surf certain websites, but when the domains are in Arabic, they will find it more convenient to use the web.”

The first use of the new IDN is on Jordans King Abdullahs website, with Al Fayoumi adding that all websites of Jordanian ministries and public agencies and educational institutions will soon have Arabic domain names.

IDN ccTLD Request from Jordan Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN logoICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed a IDN ccTLD string for Jordan. Details of the successful evaluation are provided here: icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion-en.htm

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfil a number of requirements:

  • the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
  • the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
  • a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

  1. Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory). Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation.
  2. String Evaluation: incoming requests to ICANN in accordance with the criteria described above: the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s). Applications are received through an online system available together with additional material supporting the process at: icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/
  3. String Delegation: requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. String delegation requests are submitted to IANA root zone management.

At this time ICANN has received a total of 21 requests for IDN ccTLD(s) through the String Evaluation process, representing 11 languages. A total of 13 requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation and are hence ready for the requesting country or territory to initiate the application for String Delegation.

ICANN is looking forward to enabling the availability of all these strings in the DNS root zone, by completion of the String Delegation function, as well as finalizing the remaining received requests in String Evaluation, and receiving additional new requests in the Fast Track Process. A staff support function is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email idncctldrequests@icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

Updates about received numbers of applications and the number of completions will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at: icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/

About ICANN:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer—a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: icann.org/

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