Ten Latest Developments In Domain Names

  1. The African Union (AU) launched the first African internet domain name (.africa) in July, 2017 to enable Africans and businesses have a better reach to the world. ZA Central Registry, a South Africa-based company will administer .africa.
  2. TzNIC is the third country in Africa to deploy DNSSEC. Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC) is the Internet registry for .tz domain names.
  3. The new Google Chrome update that launched in October was going to start labeling websites that do not have an SSL Certificate as Non-Secure. Google is making security a top priority
  4. Top Reported Domain Sales between Mon. Oct. 30, 2017 and Sun. Nov. 5, 2017:
  • Mommy.com                          KES 10360000.00
  • XLC.com                                 KES 5086760.00
  • FHL.com                                 KES 3626000.00
  • SVG.com                                 KES 3108000.00
  • LegacyLife.com                     KES 3108000.00
  1. The 2018 NamesCon Global conference (5th annual event) set for January 28-31 2018. It is available at https://namescon.com/agenda
  2. New top level domain name company Donuts ranked #1 on this year’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 from Deloitte. Rankings were based on three-year revenue growth from 2013-2016. Donuts won by growing its revenue by 59,093% over three years
  3. GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Total revenue of $582.2 million, up 23.3% year over year, or 23.6% on a constant currency basis. Total bookings of $668.0 million, up 25.0% year over year, or 24.7% on a constant currency basis.
  4. After Six Years and 404 Shows, DomainSherpa Bids Farewell. DomainSherpa was the leading educational media company dedicated to the domain name industry.
  5. Kenya Network Information Centre’s (KeNIC’s) Second Level DOT KE domain name space Sunrise period for trademarked names ends after running for 90 days, from 23rd July 2017 to 22nd October 2017.
  6. Introduction of a Grandfathering Phase Kenya Network Information Centre’s (KeNIC’s) Second Level DOT KE domain name space to run from 23rd October to the end of the cooling off phase, 22nd December 2017.




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