.KE Launch Dates Updated

KeNIC, the registry for .KE, updated the launch dates for top-level .ke registrations again. The General Availability Phase now begins on January 19, 2018. This launch was originally scheduled for December 2017 and the then pushed to January 2018. The launch change corresponds to an extension of the Sunrise and Grandfather Phases, which were also extended until January 16, 2018. The Landrush Phase has been extended to January 18, 2018.

Owning a third-level .KE domain is not a prerequisite to register domains at the second level in General Availability. Kenya represents a top-3 economy in Africa, and is among the fastest growing, globally. If you have questions, please contact your Client Service Partner for more information.

.Zuerich Delays Launch

The Kanton Zürich registry delayed the launch of the .zuerich TLD until January 2019. The Sunrise Phase was originally scheduled to begin in February 2018. Other launch phases were also pushed back accordingly. The TLD is now scheduled to enter General Availability on April 15, 2019. CSC will continue to monitor this launch and provided updates as they become available. Contact your Client Service Partner for more information.

Divesting a Dot Brand: Good for a Company’s Brand?

Dot brands should understand that they themselves hold the true value of their Top Level Domain (TLD). When companies sell their rights to a TLD, they give up all control over the space.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.






Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
.ke 23-Oct-2017 16-Jan-2018 No KeNIC
.rugby 17-Jan-2018 25-Apr-2018 Yes World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited
 General Availability
.ke 19-Jan-2018 N/A Yes KeNIC
 Premium Name Event
.sg 1-Jan-2018 29-Jan-2018 No SGNIC

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide January 15, 2018