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Domain GE in limitation zone

2010-02-15 17:40

5342.jpeg8,000 thousand sites in GE zone have been calculated by Georgian Internet providers, only 1,000 more than the figure of 4 years ago and too few for a 4 million-people country. It seems Georgian citizens prefer registering their sites in other zones.

Georgia's Internet is not that fast-growing as it is desired. Only 8,000 domain names in GE zone were calculated by Caucasus Online, the registering company in charge of the zone.

It has taken Georgians four years to occupy one last thousand of sites. This is how Ia Peradze of Caucasus Online explains this slowness.


According to her the domain resale control has been stiffened in Georgia leading to slow-down in growth, Business Georgia reports.

Under the rules of the registrar acquisition of an Internet address for resale is banned. That is why transfer to another owner is possible only upon expiration of the domain's registration term. Change of the owner can only be done with Caucasus Only permission. First a Domain Waiver Request must be submitted. Only then its repeated delegation is possible.

However Peradze thinks that the de-facto market of domain resale in Georgia is real as seen by proposals on various sites and international auctions like Sedo. Caucasus Online officially states that the registrar has no history of domain resale for lucrative purposes.

Meanwhile "suspension" of local domain market left registration price growth at the previous level. To acquire a first-level domain in GE zone still costs GEL 30.

Starting from this year Georgia will have domains in national language as was agreed upon entry into force of ICANN's internationalization plan (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is an international non-profit organization dealing with domain names, IP-addresses and other aspects of Internet functioning).

In Russia, as it was agreed, the new Cyrillic domain will be "рф". In Georgia however the national domain name hasn't been chosen yet. This can be a whole word Sakartvelo - Georgia's full self-name or contracted "sak" form referring to the Georgian leader's surname. As Inga Todria, senior specialist of National Communications Commission's legal department explained, a web opinion poll is now underway on the issue.

The question whether Georgian-language domains will be in great demand when GE zone is "scarcely populated" still remains. However the number of Internet users in Georgia is growing very fast now.

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