More about .Durban
In 2012 the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) appointed UniForm SA as the ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The ZACR is a non-profit organisation currently managing co.za and is working on migrating net.za, web.za and org.za to the ZA Central Registry over the next year. With over 860 000 registrations, the majority of South African domain names can be found in co.za. These names represent 95% of the total number of registrations in .ZA and a large percentage of ccTLD registrations for the entire African continent.
In June 2011 ICANN launched its ‘New gTLD Program’ calling for applicants to submit proposals to perform the registry function for, inter alia, the dotAfrica geographic Top Level Domain. Following an open and transparent RFP process, ZACR obtained the official endorsement of the African Union Commission to bid for the dotAfrica gTLD within ICANN’s New gTLD process. This is a milestone for Africa, as the .africa TLD will see the African continent establish a unique online identity using African-based technology for Africans by Africans.
Consistent with its strategic objective to expand the company’s footprint in South Africa and Africa, ZACR, with the support of the ZADNA and the Department of Communications, also submitted applications for the dotDurban, dotCapeTown and dotJoburg TLDs. This will enable key South African cities to compete with their international counterparts and, more especially, allow them to showcase the cities as destinations of choice within the tourism matrix. This will contribute to local content development, online branding and identity, and economic growth within the cities.
All four TLD applications are currently undergoing initial evaluation within ICANN’s Geographic Names Panel. The ZACR anticipates delegation as early as August 2013 with open delegation taking place by October 2013. In preparation for the launch of these TLDs, the ZACR is constantly engaging with the cities, the African Union Commission, South African and African Governments, ccTLD and registrar communities as well as end users. Over the next few months ZACR will embark on an extensive awareness, marketing and communications campaign to inform users about the transition of Second Level Domains Names to the Central Registry as well as registration policies applicable to the new TLDs. It will comprise information about the following: the Reserve Name Lists, Sunrise and Land Rush Policy, Premium Names Strategies, as well as the Mark Validation System (MVS) that it needs to implement in its role as the registry operator for the dotAfrica, dotDurban, dotCapeTown and dotJoburg TLDs.Going forward, the ZACR and its partners will also collaborate on skills development, content development, ccTLD and registrar development in each of these projects on the African continent.
When will .Durban be available for registration?
.Durban passed Initial Evaluation.
.Durban TLD launch expected 1 March 2014.
Did you know?
The site of Durban was visited in 1497 by Portugeuse explorer Vasco da Gama, who named it Rio de Natal. Natal means “Christmas” in Portuguese.
ZA Central Registry
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR), formally known as UniForum SA, is a non-profit organisation responsible for the administration of the CO.ZA domain name space and other Second Level Domains in ZA. The ZACR has also submitted applications to ICANN for the administration of the .Africa, .CapeTown, .Durban and .Joburg Top Level Domains.See: registry.net.za
ZA Domain Name Authority
The .ZA Domain Name Authority is the administrator and regulator of the .ZA country code Top Level Domain appointed in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.See: zadna.org.za
Department of Communications
“To create a vibrant ICT sector that ensures that all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals and support the Africa agenda and contribute to building a better world”.See: doc.gov.za
City of Durban
With warm weather all year round, Durban welcomes visitors to an outdoor lifestyle where beaches, barbecues, seafood and curry restaurants, clubs and upmarket accommodation venues provide everything an out-of-towner could wish for ... both within the harbour city and a short drive away.See: durbanexperience.co.za