KeNIC has slashed the registry renewal fee for third level .ke domain names until 31 March in a bid to boost registrations and reduce the numbers of non-renewals according to a report in Techweez.
The Kenya National Information Centre (KeNIC) found high
renewal prices were the key reason for high numbers of domain deletions through
a domain deletion survey in April 2019. As a result, registrants should see the
renewal price of .ke domains reduced by around half.
During the 3 month promotion for Kenyaâs country code
top-level domain that began on 1 January, registrants will renew their domain
name registrations at half the usual price offered to them by domain
According to one registrar, Africa Registry, to register a
.co.ke domain name for the first time is around $35, while the renewal fee is
$113. Another, EuroDNS charges close to $149 for initial registrations.
According to the Techweez report, KeNIC says the period will
also be a time to examine the market response to the price cut. The outcome
will also help in formulating a new pricing model, among other strategic
decisions in order to appeal to issues that were raised last year and this time
âIt is our hope that we shall work together towards the
growth of the .ke domain registrations and achieve higher customer retention
rate,â says KeNIC in a statement.
The reduction is also only available for 3rd level domains,
not the second level .ke, and is only available through all KeNIC licensed
The Kenyan ccTLD operator KENIC will begin rolling out second level .ke domain names from 23 July, the registry operator announced Thursday through Facebook and Twitter, and they will be available along with the existing third level domains.
While no specific dates have been announced other than the launch date, KENIC have published policies [pdf] for the second level domains. Theyâll begin with a Sunrise period that will run for 90 days for trademark holders whose trademarks have been registered under the Trade Marks ACT (CAP 506) Laws of Kenya, presumably from 23 July.
Following the Sunrise period will be a 30-day Landrush. At the end of the Landrush Period, any domain names with only one applicant will be allocated while for those with more than one applicant will proceed to an auction conducted by the registry between the competing applicants and awarded to the highest bidder.
Between Sunrise and Landrush and following the Landrush periods will be a 30-day cooling off period where the registry will assess whether the applications meet the eligibility criteria for the respective phases.
And then approximately 150 days after the launch of second level domain names, in mid-late December, General Availability will commence. While some of the third level domains require âsupporting documentsâ, it appears .ke and .co.ke do not have any requirements for the registrant to be located in Kenya.
Pricing has not yet been published and will be published on the KENIC website.
There are currently 58,270 .ke domain names registered, with around 2,500 being added each month. The vast majority of the .ke domain names are registered under .co.ke, which has 55,150 registrations.