KSregistry Becomes Registry For .VG But ccTLD Is Frozen Until April 15th; Registrations Resume May 12th

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands to KSregistry GmbH.

Due to the difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, 2014.

However, the .VG zone will remain frozen until April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC.

While the .VG zone is frozen, no registrations, modifications, transfers, deletions or renewals can be made.

From April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC to May 11, 2014, 23:59 UTC the .VG TLD will be reopened for KSregistry accredited registrars.

It will then be possible to update, renew or delete domain names.

Starting May 12, 2014, 10:00 UTC KSregistry will also allow the registration of new domain names.

Discrepancies in the registration data may result from the operation of a shadow registry by a third party that had partial control of the .VG zone from March 8, 2013 to April 11, 2014.

Since the previous TLD operator Meridian was never an authorized registry provider and because of the unwillingness of Meridian to cooperate, all domain actions which have been processed since March 8, 2013 through the Meridian system unfortunately cannot not be reflected in the .VG zone. In order to become an accredited KSregistry .VG registrar please contact us at registrarsupport@nic.vg. We will provide you the RRA for signature.

.Ar Domains (Argentina) Go From Being Free To Around $25 A Year On March 5th

According to the Buenosairesherald.com, .Ar domain names, which is the Country Code (ccTLD) for Argentina will go from being free to costing  “less than” 200 Argentina Pesos ($25.42 based on today’s official exchange rate) a year starting on March 5th.

The change from free to less than 200 pesos applies to new registrations and any renewals of .Ar domain names starting on March 5th.

The national director of the internet domain registries Gabriel Brenta is quoted by the Herald as saying

“What we are trying to do is adapt to current global practices, and on the other hand, establish procedures that if a business brand domain is being used, it can be recovered in the short term,”

Yet the fee would not just apply to new domains but also to the three million users who already own .AR sites and who will now have to renew their registrations annually.

“The change however should not come as a shock because “very few countries” throughout the world offer free hosting — and none in the region.”

“Users have been asking to pay for domains for a long time,

“The community of designers and internet entrepreneurs had been requesting this modification.”

Hum

A community of users that has been getting something for free are now asking to pay instead?

Maybe things are different in Argentina, but not from what I saw when I visited the country for ICANN Meeting last November.

In any case you will have to pay up starting in just a few days.

Nice notice guys.

 

 

 

SHorter .UK Domains Are Launching On June 10th

Nominet announced that shorter .UK domains are going to become available on the 10th June 2014.

 

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Nominet says:

“We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of .uk – out on its own for the first time

A shorter, sharper domain name which puts the emphasis firmly on your website name – exactly where it should be.”

One of the most important aspects of the dotUK launch is that .co.uk domain owners will have first refusal when securing their respective .UK domain!

“So if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk the shorter and snappier .uk will be reserved especially for you for free up until 10 June 2019 as long as your domain remains registered.”

Check out whether or not your rights are secured with the Rights Lookup Tool.

This will definitely help prevent concerns that all of a sudden, .co.uk domain owners would be second best! Not only will you get a chance to secure your .UK domain name before anyone else, but Nominet will also keep all other second level domain names active!

The cut-off date for registering your .co.uk domain to make sure you have first refusal on your .UK domain is the 28th October 2013 at 23:59hrs.

Anyone will be able to register a .UK domain as long as they’re eligible for .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains.

The only exceptions highlighted by Nominet are these:

“Where the registrant is overseas an address for service in the UK will be required.

PO Boxes will be unacceptable in the address.”

“In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand”

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George Pongas is the general manager for Aus Registry, AusRegistry is the current registry operator and wholesale provider for all commercial .au (Australia) domain names including .com.au and .net.au, and non commercial domain names .gov.au and edu.au.

He recently posted something on the Aus Registry website with regards to 2013 being a good year for .au domains. He makes mention of the new gtlds at the end of his post and shares the sentiment of many readers here and in the industry as a whole. “In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand.

By George Pongas

Last year was a memorable one for .au domain name sales with a number of significant auctions and aftermarket deals making headlines.

For the second time in three years, a .au domain name was included in the top four sales for the world’s highest reported domain name sales for country code Top-Level Domains.

Coming in at fourth place in 2013 was cruises.com.au which was sold for $103,400. It was only edged out of third place by pizza.nl (Netherlands) by $100, followed by fotograf.de (Germany) at $117,810 in second place and jobs.ca (Canada) at $450,000 in first place.

This year’s fourth place follows last year’s highest recorded .au sale – hobart.com.au, which sold for $67,600 and ranked 15th in 2012’s sales chart.

The other .au domain name in this year’s top 30 was mysuper.com.au which came in at 29th spot with a sale value of $28,691.

This is a terrific result for .au and demonstrates the strong position it has attained on the global stage.

It’s especially significant considering the larger namespaces it’s competing with and the countries with bigger economies. Despite Australia’s relatively small population, the .au namespace is recognised as one of the world’s leading country codes and ranks in the top 10 country code Top-Level Domains globally.

Only recently we reported on the many benefits business owners can attain by registering a premium generic .com.au or .net.au domain names. Our carloans.com.au case study showed how a premium generic domain name helped their business decrease marketing and AdWord spend while increasing revenue and brand awareness.

Clearly, savvy business owners are aware of the .au aftermarket value and are using it to their advantage.

In September 2011, investmentproperty.com.au became the highest recorded domain name at auction when it was snapped up for $125,000 by New South Wales property developer Vision Homes. Only last year, the domain names – sydney.com.au, melbourne.com.au, brisbane.com.au, adelaide.com.au and auction.com.au – were touted for sale with a projected retail price somewhere in the order of $1 million as a total package.

I encourage business owners to contact their Registrar and consider a premium generic .au domain name for their business.

No doubt we’ll see even higher domain name sales in 2014 as the intrinsic value of .au domain names increases.

Although 2014 will see many new options become available in the market, my expectation is that the possible confusion will make premium generic domain names in established namespaces even more valuable.

In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand.

.CN Landrush exceeds 50 Million Yuan

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NiceNic.net out with another interesting piece of news, the .CN Landrush auctions of previous reserved domains has generated over 50 Million Yuan/RMB.  That equates to over $8.2 million

They posted today:

As of Jan 12th, 2014, the open auction of previously-reserved .CN domain names by CNNIC entered into heating-up period, and the total price of recent auctions already exceeded 50 million yuan/cny/rmb, of which GAME.CN, GW.CN, LB.CN, CM.CN stood out with final biddings surpassing million. The whole auction showed a significant upward trend.The auction of domain GAME.CN ended in bidding 3.098 million cny after 686 fierce biddings and it refreshed many a record.

GW.CN broke out as a potential dark horse with final bidding price of 2.004 million cny, and ranked only second to Game.CN. GW is the abbreviated form of “gou wu” or “guo wang” in Chinese Pinyin, and in English, it means “shopping”, “national network”.

The blockbuster LB.CN ranked third with final bidding price of 1.1 million cny. LB can be perceived as “lao ban”, “li bao”, “lian bang” in Chinese Pinyin and in English, “boss”, “gift”, “federal”.

The fourth auction is CM.CN, which is a hot traffic domain name, fiercely pursued by Chinese domain investors/domainers, and bidding ended in 1.066 million cny. – See more at: http://nicenic.net/news/messview.php?ID=12814#sthash.w00SMTHg.dpuf