Following an extensive consultation process with the local domain name/ ISP industry, involving the .ZA Domain Name Authority, The ZA Central Registry (UniForum SA) has announced tariff changes to domain name registrations on the Legacy System.
According to the Authority the price for .co.za domain names on the newly implemented registry system has decreased from R50 to R39.90c per year (Incl. VAT), while prices for those domains administered through the email Legacy System will increase from R50 to R75 per year.
The ZACR is the .ZA Central Registry and fulfils the role of registry operator for .za second level domains, including .co.za. New second level domains could soon be added to the ambit of the body.
Management at the Authority say whilst prices have not increased on this system in over a decade, the changes form part of a process to update registry systems in line with international practices and open standards.
Neil Dundas, CEO of ZA Central Registry, says the policy changes on the Legacy System must be viewed in the context of the implementation of the new EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) Registry System.
“From this decision an entirely new domain name registration system was developed and implemented (inSouth Africa) based on EPP. The new EPP system has elevated the co.za domain name space into one of the best registries in the world and is much more efficient and secure for Registrars. The email based legacy system, which runs in parallel to the new EPP system, has over time become very difficult and costly to administer especially as it was not conducive to regulating and mitigating against abuse,” he explains.
According to Dundas further reasons for implementing an increase on the Legacy System was to accommodate an increase in operating costs, as well as incentivise users to move to the new EPP system.
The ZACR believes the Registrar market generally welcomes the move and has begun to migrate legacy domains under administration to the new system.
“Integration with the new system will also allow accredited Registrars access to receive new gTLD’s being applied for by the ZACR, including .africa, .capetown, .joburg and .durban,” Dundas continues.
The ZACR points out that new technologies and services would not be possible were it not for the system. “It remains costly to provide and maintain two parallel systems and it was therefore decided over three years ago, whilst establishing the foundations for the ZACR, to encourage migration off the legacy system to the new system. One way of doing this was through policy changes, including price increases,” he adds.
Chris Tredger, Online Editor