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Renewal Prices For .KE Third Level Domains Slashed In Bid To Boost Demand

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 Kenya’s 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 registrars.

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 round.

“It is our hope that we shall work together towards the growth of the .ke domain registrations and achieve higher customer retention rate,” 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 registrars.

KENIC To Begin Rolling Out Second Level .KE Domain Names in July

Kenya Network Information Centre Kenic logoThe 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. They’ll 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 “supporting documents”, 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.