Whether it be Argentinaâs famous tango or folk, pop or classical music, there is now a second level .ar domain for Argentinaâs musicians and those involved in the countryâs music industry.
Domain names in the Argentinian 2LD, musica.ar, can only be registered by members of the Instituto Nacional de la MÃºsica (INAMU â National Institute of Music). It comes after a proposal from INAMU to NIC Argentina, the .ar country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) manager.
All applications to register domain names in musica.ar require prior authorisation. A date for registration in the 2LD will be announced soon.
The Argentinian ccTLD operator, NIC Argentina, has announced that from 1 November the same rules that apply to .com.ar will apply to .net.ar.
The change means any person or business, Argentinian or from abroad, may register both .com.ar and .net.ar domains. Currently .net.ar domains are only available for suppliers of internet services with a licence issued by the National Agency of Communications (ENACOM).
The announcement from NIC Argentina (in Spanish only) is available from:
As of 5 March, NIC Argentina will introduce a registration fee for .ar domain names of less than 200 pesos ($25.50) per year, according to the national director of Nic.AR, Gabriel Brenta. The fee will apply to new and existing registrants.
The registry is attempting to join global practices by introducing a registration fee Brenta told the Spanish language news agency DyN.
Brenta added that payment will affect, in principle, those who apply to register a new domain, but he also made it clear that it will be also applied to around three million users that already have sites and must renew their registration annually.
“The cost is per domain per year. In the case of those who have the domain registered, as the use of the domain is annual, must be paid at the time of renewal, Brenta said. Brenta recalled that to date, the registration of domains in the Argentina is free and stressed that this condition applies in “few countries” of the world, and none in the region.
The Argentinian ccTLD manager, nic.ar, is implementing new security and privacy enhancements and as a result will be offline for five days from 14 August, with normal service including the changes resuming on 20 August.
The ccTLD manager stopped support at 17:00 on the 14th and the new website with new enhancements will commence at 10:00 on the 20th.
More information in Spanish is available from the news report at www.fayerwayer.com/2013/08/no-se-podran-registrar-dominios-en-argentina-por-una-semana.