UPDATED NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: INTRODUCING .ZA SECOND LEVEL REGISTRATIONS

Mar 08, 2018

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UPDATED NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: INTRODUCING .ZA SECOND LEVEL REGISTRATIONS

Notice is hereby given that zaDNA has published a “Public Discussion Document on Second Level Registrations in .ZA”. The Discussion Document can be downloaded here.

zaDNA members, za Registry Operators, .za Registrars, South African Internet Community and the South African Public are invited to submit their comments, feedback and proposals regarding the feasibility of Second Level Registrations in .ZA and the best possible ways of implementing SLRs.

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@zadna.org.za no later than 17h00 on Monday, 23 April 2018. Enquiries should be directed to the same email address for the attention of Ms. Hendrina Williams (zaDNA’s Policy and Regulation Manager).

BACKGROUND:
Second Level Registrations are domain names registered immediately below the top level domain (e.g. yourname.za). To date, SLRs are not available in .ZA. Instead, domain name applicants are only allowed to register domain names at the third level in second level domains (SLDs) such as ac.za, co.za, gov.za, org.za and net.za.

However, in view of the growing trend wherein most top level domains (TLDs) now offer SLRs, zaDNA has for the last few years been inundated with requests for SLRs in .ZA.

Some of the leading .ZA registrars, in particular, have also been vocal in their view that SLRs will enable .ZA to stay competitive against other TLDs, especially ICANN “new” generic top level domains (gTLDs) that offer SLRs.

.zaDNA has taken sufficient time to assess the landscape regarding SLRs and has noted that several country code top level domains (ccTLDs) that traditionally offered third level registrations have now shifted towards accepting SLRs. Some of these ccTLDs include .co (Colombia), .uk, .nz and .ke. In addition, .au (Australia) is also on the verge of introducing SLRs.

zaDNA is of the view that SLRs will help improve registration options in .ZA and are likely to be more attractive than the current third level registrations as SLRs will allow for shorter domain names and URLs. At the least, SLRs are likely to offer sustainable alternatives to the current third level registration model.

Accordingly, zaDNA now publishes the Public Discussion Document on Second Level Registrations in .ZA to assess the best approach in implementing SLRs in .ZA.

IMPORTANCE OF SUBMISSIONS:
All submissions will considered thoroughly with a view of using them to develop a most sustainable approach to the introduction of SLRs in .ZA. Inevitably, the submissions will be used to formulate a suitable business, policy and regulatory framework for SLRs. Interested parties are encouraged to raise any other matters of relevance that may not have been included in the Discussion Document.

Yours truly,
VIKA MPISANE

About .ZA Domain Name Authority

.za Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) is a not-for-profit organisation that manages and regulates the .za namespace.

.ZADNA’s Legislative Mandate is to administer, regulate and issues licenses in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002).

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