Tag Archives: Singapore

TLD Updates: .ZUERICH Sunrise, Singapore Launches Search For New Businesses plus Singapore National Day Promotion, TLDCON 2021 Registration Opens, LACTLD Turns 23 and NamesCon Delayed To September

The Sunrise period for the new gTLD for Switzerland’s largest city and canton by population, Zürich, commences on 30 August, and will run until 29 October.

Continue reading TLD Updates: .ZUERICH Sunrise, Singapore Launches Search For New Businesses plus Singapore National Day Promotion, TLDCON 2021 Registration Opens, LACTLD Turns 23 and NamesCon Delayed To September

CIRA Adds .CL and .SG As Clients of Their D-Zone Anycast DNS Service

CIRA announced Monday it has added 2 new ccTLD partners for its D-Zone Anycast DNS service – Singapore (.sg) and Chile (.cl), taking to 10 ccTLDs that use the service, as well as adding 2 new global nodes in Brazil and Japan – as the company best known as the manager of the Canadian ccTLD .ca continues  to spread its wings.

The addition of Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), the country code top level domain manager for .sg and NIC Chile, who manages .cl, adds 180,000 and 570,000 domain names under management respectively to its service.

CIRA now has 25 nodes across the globe providing a robust network that powers D-Zone Anycast DNS for their ccTLD customers which answers approximately 180 million DNS queries per day for its TLD customers to help provide greater resiliency to their networks.

The 10 ccTLDs that now use CIRA’s D-Zone Anycast DNS are .cl, .cr (Costa Rica), .dk (Denmark), .nl (Netherlands), .nu (Niue), .nz (New Zealand), .pt (Portugal), .se (Sweden), .sg and of course Canada’s .ca. D-Zone Anycast DNS answers queries for nine percent of all global ccTLDs domain names.

DNS Anycast technology deploys identical DNS servers in different locations often in different countries. It means that when a node is taken offline, due to maintenance or for nefarious reasons, the end user doesn’t notice and DNS services continue. During a cyberattack, with nodes deployed around the world one node can bear the brunt of an attack leaving others unscathed. For businesses, DNS Anycast services can be deployed to improve performance of websites and load times for web pages. With multiple nodes, the customer is closer to a node and performance improved.

“We were looking for DNS partner with a global reputation and solid infrastructure. We found that partner in CIRA and look forward to a productive relationship,” said Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.

“CIRA’s global reputation in the ccTLD community provided us with the confidence that we could trust them with our DNS. Our customers demand the highest standards of uptime and security and D-Zone Anycast DNS helps us deliver that,” said Eduardo Mercader Orta, Director of Operations, NIC Chile.

“CIRA is proud to partner with ccTLDs to provide a stable, secure, high performance DNS. Starting with DNS, our relationships have expanded to be true partnerships that include collaboration and information sharing with our ccTLD peers around the globe,” said Mark Gaudet, DNS Program Manager, CIRA.

SGNIC Offering Premium .SG Domain Names for a Limited Period

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logoFrom 1 to 31 January 2018, a selected group of Premium .sg Domain Names will be released for application at a base price ranging from S$642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

To apply, see your SGNIC Accredited Registrars to apply now!

Details of the launch can be found in the following documents:
- Application Guidelines for Premium Domain Names
- List of Premium Domain Names for Application
- Milestones for Premium Domain Name Application

Have more questions? Check out the FAQ or email dnq@sgnic.sg.

SGNIC introduces DNSSEC capability for .SG domain names

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logo[news release] The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) has introduced the Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) as an optional, opt-in feature for .SG domain names. SGNIC encourages all .SG domain name registrants to enable the feature.

DNSSEC is a security feature which uses digital signatures to protect domain names from Domain Name System (DNS) spoofing attacks – i.e. attacks that redirect an Internet end-user to malicious sites rather than the intended site. It mitigates such spoofing attacks and complements other security protection mechanisms such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates and two-factor authentications.

The DNSSEC security feature must be enabled by both .SG domain name owners and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on their respective ends for it to work. To do so, .SG domain name owners must instruct their DNS hosting provider and domain name registrar to activate it. ISPs must also activate DNSSEC-recognition for their end-users. End-users will enjoy the same user experience, while having seamless protection.

“The Domain Name System is like the ‘phone book’ of the Internet, translating domain names to the right IP addresses of a website. DNSSEC protects the integrity of the information stored in the DNS and protect the owner of a domain name against spoofing of IP addresses. With the deployment of DNSSEC in the .SG zone, registrants who wish to provide their website visitors an additional layer of assurance can enable it on their respective .SG domain names. We encourage registrants to opt-in for DNSSEC to further secure their websites.” said Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.

For more information on DNSSEC, please refer to the following link:

RegistryLock – An additional level of security added for protecting of .sg domain names

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logoThe Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) will introduce a “RegistryLock” feature that aims to mitigate domain name hijacking risks.

RegistryLock is an easy-to-use self-service that adds an additional layer of security, and it is available round the clock and free of charge. This opt-in feature will be implemented as a six-month pilot run starting today, with a view to convert it into a permanent feature thereafter. All “.sg” domain names (i.e. domain names ending with .sg – e.g. com.sg, org.sg, net.sg, edu.sg, per.sg, gov.sg and .sg) can be protected with RegistryLock.

RegistryLock protects domain names from being hijacked to redirect to an attacker’s website or email system. This is done by requiring the domain name’s administrative contact1 to unlock the domain name before the DNS nameserver information can be changed by the registrar. This increases the level of security for the domain name.

To enable RegistryLock, the administrative contact is required to log in via the VerifiedID@SG and RegistryLock portal using their SingPass ID or SGNICID. The same process is required to deactivate RegistryLock for the relevant domain names.

SGNIC encourages registrants to take advantage of this feature to increase the level of protection for their domain names.

For more information on the RegistryLock pilot, please refer to the following link: http://registrylock.sgnic.sg/faq.html.



About Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC)

The mission of Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC) is to provide Internet registry and information services in an efficient, effective and reliable manner to enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet Domain
Name System (DNS) infrastructure in Singapore and to foster the integrity and growth of .SG domain names.  For more news and information, visit www.sgnic.sg

This SGNIC news release was sourced from:

ICANN and SGNIC Conduct Workshop to Help Singapore Internet Community Combat DNS Abuse and Cybercrime

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN and the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) convened today, with experts from Singapore government agencies and Internet service and solutions providers, to conduct a workshop on methods and strategies to investigate and handle Domain Name System (DNS) abuse.

The DNS translates domain names into IP addresses. This system ensures that anyone who enters a domain name or web address (e.g., www.icann.org) is directed to its corresponding site, defined by its IP address (

DNS abuse covers a wide range of activities. While no globally accepted definition exists, examples of DNS abuse include cybercrime and hacking. Another tactic is malicious registrations; whereby malicious actors register a domain name fraudulently for the express purpose of carrying out destructive acts such as distributing malware. Malicious actors also use shortened URLs – lengthy domain addresses that are compacted – to obfuscate a domain name and redirect unsuspecting users to malicious sites.

To help the Singapore Internet community better handle such abuses, ICANN and SGNIC organized a workshop to help them understand the different mitigation techniques against DNS abuse incidents.

Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC, noted that many industry practitioners may not be readily equipped with the techniques to detect and mitigate exploits on domain names. He said, “With pervasive Internet usage in Singapore and the growing cybersecurity threats, SGNIC hopes that this initiative will help to raise awareness of DNS abuse with service providers and professionals.”

Mr. Queh added, “We are delighted that ICANN and SGNIC are strategically aligned in our fight against DNS abuse, and we welcome this collaboration with ICANN.”

“As the coordinator of the Internet’s global DNS, ICANN‘s mission is to help preserve and enhance the stability, security and resiliency of the DNS by working with the global Internet community. Besides industry practitioners, we also work with law enforcement agencies to help equip them to conduct investigations into DNS abuse,” said Mr. Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director for ICANN Asia Pacific. “The ICANN APAC hub office is in Singapore, and we are proud to be able to contribute to the community here.”

This ICANN news release was sourced from:

ICANN: Board Approves Singapore Hub Expansion

ICANN logo[news release] As part of its globalization strategy, ICANN established an Asia Pacific Hub in Singapore in August 2013, to better serve its regional stakeholders.

To further such globalization objectives, the ICANN Board has approved that the Singapore office will be moving into a larger space in FY16. The staff have identified and evaluated the location and cost of a suitable office facility. The targeted move-in date is 1 October 2015.

Over the past year, both Singapore and Istanbul offices have grown in terms of staff strength as well as functional support. There are currently 18 staff members based in Singapore providing a range of services such as registry and registrar services management, stakeholder engagement, contractual compliance and customer service support, as well as support functions such as operations, IT, communications, legal, finance and HR.

In Istanbul, there are 12 staff members also providing a range of services including registry and registrar services, contractual compliance, policy development support, communications and HR, and plans to hire a Customer Service Center role to support our globalization strategy to provide multi-lingual support.

This positions ICANN for long-term stability to continue our work to maintain a secure, stable and interoperable Internet, and cements the vision of having three global hubs to serve the global community.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:






ICANN 52 Board Statement on ICANN Sending IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Proposals to NTIA

We have received several questions requesting clarification as to how ICANN will handle receipt of the proposal from the ICG and the Work Stream 1 proposal from the CCWG. We hope the following will be helpful.

NTIA is expecting coordinated proposals from both groups. They cannot act on just one. Further, they expect the ICG proposal will take into account the accountability mechanisms proposed by the CCWG. We are heartened by the close coordination between the groups, including liaisons from the ICG to the CCWG. ICANN is expecting to receive both proposals at roughly the same time. When ICANN receives these proposals, we will forward them promptly and without modification to NTIA. As we have previously stated, if we do submit the proposals with an accompanying communication of comments, they will be on points we had already shared with the community during the development of the proposals.

We therefore encourage the groups to continue coordinating closely to ensure ICANN receives the proposals together and is able to provide them to NTIA in a coordinated manner.

With respect to improvements in our accountability, we are definitely open to improvements.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN: CWG-Stewardship Chairs’ Statement – Summary of ICANN 52 Meeting | Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions held two sessions at the ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore (8-12 February 2015): a two-hour working session on Wednesday, and a questions and answers session on Thursday.
In addition to these sessions, there was participation in sessions hosted by many other groups across the ICANN community, as well as many rewarding conversations and engagements throughout the week on behalf of the co-Chairs, the members and their chartering organizations, the individual participants of the CWG-Stewardship, and the broader multistakeholder community.1

Summary of ICANN 52 Meeting

The Wednesday working session focused primarily on reviewing and refining the CWG-Stewardship’s working methods. These revisions dedicate the group to working in a committee of the whole moving forward, meeting at minimum once per week and, and building out the converging areas of the Proposal towards developing a final Proposal. As needed, the CWG-Stewardship will funnel specific subjects through expertise-based Task Forces. Task Forces will serve the purpose of developing specific aspects of the Proposal as well as demonstrating incremental progress. Drafts from Task Forces will be brought to the group for review and decision making on inclusion within the draft proposal.

The Thursday questions and answers session was focused on receiving community feedback. In preparation for the ICANN 52 Meeting, the CWG-Stewardship created a Discussion Document [PDF, 447 KB] that attempted to capture and summarize the considerable progress made by this group to date and to encourage community input on key and intractable issues that were addressed in detail on Thursday.

The CWG-Stewardship appreciates the high-quality comments and responses received, and expects to devote time in its next meeting on 19 February 2015 to further assess the feedback received. The group remains open to feedback on the specific questions on the Discussion Document, and requests that feedback before the 19 February meeting. Feedback can be provided through a CWG-Stewardship member or participant, or to the support staff (grace.abuhamad@icann.org) for transmission to the group.

Looking Ahead

The ICANN 52 meeting maintained much needed focus on the work related to the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability. Throughout the meeting the co-Chairs, the members and their chartering organizations, the individual participants of the CWG-Stewardship, and the broader community all dedicated their time to constructive feedback and progress. With the sustained support of the community, the CWG-Stewardship commits to continuing to work at a high-intensity and pace. The group will remain regularly engaged with the community and any interested observers in order to provide updates on its work as well as related elements such as receipt of legal advice, as it did during the Webinars on 3 February.

Coordination with CCWG-Accountability

As agreed to in their Joint Statement on 28 January 2015, the Chairs of both the CWG-Stewardship and the CCWG-Accountability committed to attending and participating in each other’s sessions at ICANN 52. The CWG-Stewardship recognizes that, wherever possible and appropriate, the group will take advantage of the efforts of the CCWG-Accountability to avoid duplication or overlaps in the work to be done. With this robust coordination, the co-Chairs are assured of the effective progress of the CWG-Stewardship.

Work to Date

The CWG-Stewardship began its work in October 2014, with regular weekly virtual meetings and a working meeting at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, California. In addition to ICANN supported regular weekly CWG-Stewardship virtual meetings, and at the request of the Chairs, ICANN agreed to support a two-full-day face-to-face meeting in Frankfurt, Germany on 19-20 November 2014 to advance the work of the group.

On 1 December, the CWG-Stewardship published its draft proposal for a 21-day public comment period. Following the publication of the draft proposal [PDF, 1.7 MB], between 4 – 6 December, the CWG hosted three public webinars to present the draft proposal and engage with the broader community.

At the conclusion of the public comment, the CWG-Stewardship dedicated its time to full review and analysis of the feedback received, in particular during an intensive work weekend on 10-11 January. As part of the outcome, the group began to study a series of alternative models that had not yet been fully considered. These models were presented in two public webinars on 3 February and in a Discussion Document [PDF, 447 KB] that was released for discussion at ICANN 52 in Singapore.

The next CWG-Stewardship working meeting is scheduled for 19 February from 11:00-13:00 UTC.

There are plans for another face to face meeting on 25 – 27 March 2015.


The CWG consists 138 people, organized as 19 members, appointed by and accountable to chartering organizations, and 119 participants, who participate as individuals. The CWG is an open group: anyone interested in the work of the CWG, can join as a participant. Participants may be from a chartering organization, from a stakeholder group or organization not represented in the CWG or currently active within ICANN, or self-appointed.

Of the 138 CWG members and participants, the regional representation is as follows:

  • 47 Asia/Asia Pacific
  • 36 Europe
  • 31 North America
  • 12 Latin America
  • 12 Africa

Of the 138 CWG members and participants, the stakeholder group representation is as follows:

  • 47 (no affiliation)
  • 32 GNSO
  • 20 GAC
  • 18 ccNSO/ccTLD
  • 18 At-Large
  • 2 SSAC
  • 1 ASO

Also, there are 6 ICG members who participate in the CWG.

1 For a full list of sessions relevant to the IANA Stewardship Transition, please see here.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: