[AfrICANN-discuss] Who controls the internet?

Mark Elkins mje at posix.co.za
Fri Oct 19 12:57:52 SAST 2012

Inline below....

On Fri, 2012-10-19 at 02:41 -0700, SM wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> At 01:18 19-10-2012, Mark Elkins wrote:
> >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
> I did a quick summary of pricing but I did not post the 
> figures.  co.za was the lowest.
> >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.
> Some of the ccTLDs charge more than USD 100 for registration.
Over $50 is probably a serious barrier.

> >Accessibility: I think this is the key issue regarding ccTLD's. If its
> >easy and quick to register, then people will use it.
> Yes.
> >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
> >moments).
> .za has three nameservers within South Africa.  co.za has at least 
> three nameservers within South Africa.  It seems geared to serve the 
> local community.  Some application (excluding email) designers set a 
> number and work out the optimization from there.  If the DNS side has 
> high latency it can be a significant problem.

Ah.. but you don't see the AnyCast Nameservers - there are something
like 43 of these around the world (3 in Africa) - we use
Other ZA domains also use ISC's Anycast (ZA uses NetNode and ISC - two
African ccTLD folk should probably be looking at AfriNIC for AnyCast
DNS. The CO.ZA zone is a touch on the large side... might be unfair.

Nothing wrong with local nameservers - I'd assume that that is where
most queries would come from.

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