Domain name for Democratic Republic of Congo undergoes surprise transition.
There are risks to registering country code domain names, example #1,761…
Société Congolaise des Postes et Télécommunications in Democratic Republic of Congo has canceled its contract with CONIC, Webnet Africa, Mikuba (all the same group) to manage the .cd top level domain name.
This apparently came by surprise to domain name registrars. In a newsletter to customers, domain name registrar Moniker stated that it happened “surprisingly and without prior notice.”
According to a translated statement at nic.cd, the registry agreement was canceled “due to irregularities in the managment [sic] of the Registry.”
Domain names will not expire during the transition. Registrations and other transactions are not currently possible, but .cd domain names should continue to resolve.
DomainTools has records of over 5,000 registered .cd domains.
John Napoletano says
“…will not expire… Registrations and other transactions are not currently possible, but [TLD] domain names should continue to resolve…”
Curious to know what happens if one of the thousands of new TLD fail. Can we assume the same would happen, halt on new registrations. Another contractor will be assigned. Would a low volume TLD simply ‘expire out’ if volume is deemed low, no new registrations allowed. Is there incentive for another contractor to manage such a TLD.
Any such TLD currently at risk of failing?
Please link if there has been such a case.
Eric Lyon says
Interesting. Meaning no transfers currently and any investors of that ccTLD are stuck with their portfolios.
And the tide turns from gTLDs to a ccTLD but you’ll see limited discussions about that!