[AfrICANN-discuss] Who controls the internet?

Mark Elkins mje at posix.co.za
Fri Oct 19 10:18:55 SAST 2012

If I look at ZA or more specifically CO.ZA and give reasons why it works
reasonably well...

Cost: Currently this is pretty low - around the $6 level. Probably would
make little difference until the price was above $30. Hosting a fair
sized website in South Africa is from $100 to $300 a year - so 10% of
that for a Domain is probably reasonable. 

Accessibility: I think this is the key issue regarding ccTLD's. If its
easy and quick to register, then people will use it.
Our advantage here are... Anyone can register a 'co.za', payments can be
done by CC, time to register and have up and running - just a few

Reliability: CO.ZA Nameservers have never been down. The Registration
portal has been down - but never long. However, some people measure
reliability by how well e-mail (etc) work. Most SA ISP's are quite
reliable, so 'co.za' e-mail addresses work reasonably well (we have our

These are simply my own (possibly incorrect) own observations - not
wearing any particular hat.

On Thu, 2012-10-18 at 16:20 -0700, SM wrote:
> Hi Kivuva,
> At 14:36 18-10-2012, Kivuva wrote:
> >SM, its obvious we need to pull up our socks, although those
> >statistics are a bit biased. I know for a fact that there are more
> Yes.
> >gTLDs registered by Africans for Africa than there are ccTLD. If
> >current and future generations start registering domaisn from their
> >respective country registries, we will see a shift from those
> >statistics. The same with addressability, most of Africa's content is
> >hosted abroad for reasons that have been discussed in other threads.
> Most of these country registries charge more than gTLDs.  That 
> doesn't encourage people to register such domains.  Addressability is 
> less about than content.  I would use it as a way to assess network 
> size and, indirectly, connectivity.
> >Maybe it's time we started consuming our own dog food. In Germany for
> >example, there ccTLD is the second largest in the world after .com.
> The are currently over 15 million domains registered under 
> .de.  DENIC runs its business as a not-for-profit company, for the 
> use and benefit of the whole German Internet Community.  Last year it 
> earned around EUR 14,145,000.  It costs less than USD 10 to register 
> a .de domain.
> Regards,
> -sm 
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