Launch of the Web.Za Second Level Domain
We are pleased to announce that, with effect from 1 April 2014, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) will take over administration of the Web.Za second level domain (SLD). The launch of Web.Za will be subject to a limited rights registration period, which will include Sunrise and Landrush processes.
In September 2013, the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) published three (3) SLD charters for public comment. One of the charters related to the re-launch of the Web.Za SLD with a view of maintaining the SLD as an un-restricted and un-moderated domain. ZADNA has subsequently finalised the Web.Za charter and has appointed the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR) to transfer the SLD onto the central registry EPP system and to make it available to ZA accredited registrars through a suitable launch program. The intended purpose and scope of the SLD is outlined in the charter available on the ZADNA web site.
The timing of the Web.Za launch, just prior to the launch of the new gTLDs, is not a coincidence but is intended to assist both the registry and registrars to prepare and test their rights protection and technical systems for the upcoming launch of the dotAfrica (.africa), dotJoburg (.joburg), dotCapeTown (.capetown) and dotDurban (.durban) gTLDs. The Web.Za launch phase extends over a period of approximately 5-months
Operational Testing & Evaluation (OT&E)
As a ZA accredited registrar you are invited to complete the launch OT&E process, which will allow you to participate in the provisioning and administration of Web.Za domain names during the launch period. Please log into the RAR portal and follow the necessary instructions on how to complete this process.
Policy and Pricing
- Transitional Arrangements: As Web.Za is an existing domain name space, which has been suspended for a number of years, there are certain transitional arrangements in place to ensure that existing records are implemented on the central registry system and can be administered by existing ZA registrars. The transitional arrangements have been outlined in the Web.Za Transitional Plan, a copy of which is available on the registry.net.za website and on the Registrar Portal.
- Launch Policies and Procedures: The policy framework for the launch of the Web.Za SLD is outlined in the Web.Za Launch Policy, which is available to the public on the registry.net.za website and in the Registrar Portal. It is important to note that this policy framework has been based, as far as is reasonably possible, on the same launch process for the ZACR’s new gTLDs.
- General Availability: Once the Web.ZA launch phase been concluded, it will be subject to General Availability on a First-Come-First-Served basis. It is important to note that the Web.Za registry policies will differ slightly from those applicable to Co.Za, especially as the Web.Za SLD will consist of multiple contact objects (Registrant, Billing, Administrative, Technical and Reseller) for each record. The Web.Za published policies are available on the registry.net.za site and the Registrar Portal.
- Pricing: Web.ZA pricing differs to that of Co.Za. The Web.Za price list, which contains the wholesale price that the ZACR will charge the registrars, is available on the Registrar Portal and contains items such as:
• Sunrise pricing;
• Landrush pricing;
• Premium Name pricing; and
• General Availability pricing.
Sunrise and MVS
Sunrise applications are domain name applications that are based on a validated priority right, such as a trade mark, business or company name etc. During a launch stage, Sunrise applications will be allocated before Landrush applications. Priority rights must first be validated in the Mark Validation System (www.MarkValidation.Co.Za) before an applicant can submit a Sunrise application. Once a right has been validated in the MVS that right can also be used for other Sunrise applications relating to the ZACR’s other gTLDs.
Applications during the launch phase, which are not Sunrise applications, are automatically regarded as Landrush applications. Landrush applications usually refer to domain names that are generic or even regarded as premium or high value names. If there are multiple competing applications for the same domain name, those applications will be referred to an auction process in order to determine who should receive the domain name allocation.
We look forward to your participation in the new launch for Web.Za and also for the forthcoming launches of dotAfrica, dotDurban, dotCapeTown and dotJoburg.