Sweden to auction off 349 previously blocked .SE Domain Names

Sweden to hold an auction of 349 previously blocked .se names. The auction started Monday and will run for the next 12 days. Some of the names include: USA.se, HR.se, cd.se, Jamaica.se and bahamas.se. Swedish Wire reported on the auction: Through a unique auction during the autumn/winter of 2014, .SE will be releasing .se domain names that have never before been possible to register. It’s … [Read more...]

Freenom Operator of 2nd Largest Domain Extension .TK; To Launch .GQ; Yes It Will Be FREE

Freenom which operates the .tk registry  which is the world's 2nd largest domain extension in terms of registration, has partnered with GETESA, the largest telecommunication operator in Equatorial Guinea and a joint venture with Orange, to relaunch the .GQ ccTLD. As with .tk domain names, .GQ domains will be offered for free registration. The Sunrise period for trademark holders and … [Read more...]

Trefis Research Says Verisign & .Com.Net Market Share Is At Risk From ccTLD’s

In an article from Trefis a stock analysis firm on Verisign out today cites ccTLD's not new gTLD's as the biggest threat to Verisign. "For the six months so far into fiscal year 2014, VeriSign reported revenues of approximately $499 million vs. $476 million during a similar period in 2013, indicating a 5% growth in its top line. Comparatively, sales growth from H1’12 to H1’13 was over 10%. The … [Read more...]

Nominet Handles 674 Domain Complaints Down 17%; 55% Result in Domain Transfer

Nominet the company that operates the .co.uk and now the .uk domain name extension (ccTLD)  just released its report for its Dispute Resolution Service in 2013 (DRS). In 2013 Nominet handled 674 complaints down 17% from 2012 although the number of domain names registered increase 2,7% Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, … [Read more...]

1 & 2 Character.GD and .VG Domains Will Be Charged A Higher Registration Fee

The registry for the .GD and .VG ccTLD announced today that beginning on September 2, 2014,  all 1 and 2 character domains under .GD and .VG will be considered as premium domain names and will be charged with a higher domain registration fee. The renewal fee for these domains will remain on standard pricing. Currently registered 1 and 2 character domain names will remain registered to their … [Read more...]

ICANN Responds To Seizure Order of The .IR Registry, saying ccTLD’s Are Not Property

                  A couple of weeks ago we told you that the attorney for the victims of a terrorist attack got a federal court to order the seizure of the .IR domain registry which is the ccTLD for Iran to help satisfy a judgement the victims  held  against the republic of Iran. As first reported by webpronews.com,  (The … [Read more...]

CEO of .In (India) Alleges 40% of ccTLD’s Left Out Of IANA Transition Coordination Group

According to a press release we received today from Dr Govin who is the CEO of the .IN ccTLD Registry which is the ccTLD for India is claiming that about 40% of all ccTLD's are being left out of the IANA Transition Coordination Group as part of ICANN's plan to move away from US oversight. Basically Dr. Govin says that 104 of the 259 ccTLD are not being representative in this process. Balazs … [Read more...]