Over the years, The Kenyan Network Information Center (KeNIC) has struggled to reach the 100,000 mark in .ke Kenya country code domain registrations.

Many reasons have been given for this shortfall, among them pricing, competition from Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) like .com and .org, and also competition from Geographic domains like the new .africa. Also, not opening up the second level for registration has been cited as one of the reasons for the low number. KeNIC subsequently opened up registration on the second level in 2018, but this did not shore up the numbers. Other reasons include fear of political interference of .ke registered domains where political orders may takedown a registered domain without following due process, and downtime at the registry costing .ke dependent businesses unwarranted business loss.

KeNIC has grappled with pricing for many years. The latest strategy has been to give domain Registrars a flat fee for registering domains. The cost of registering a .co.ke domain (example nation.co.ke) to the Registrar as of 2019 is Ksh650 ($6.5), and the cost of renewal for each subsequent year is Ksh1160 ($11.6). The cost of registering a .ke domain (example nation.ke) is Ksh5800 ($58). These, however, are not the costs that the end-user (Registrant) will get since the bulk sellers (Registrars) will add some markup to sustain their businesses. There is no regulation on how much the Registrars mark up their prices, but Ksh2000 ($20) is common for .co.ke and ksh8000 ($80) for .ke domains. KeNIC’s pricing model is confusing to end-users because customers expect consistency. When registration fees are lower than renewal fees, the customers feel duped at the point of renewal, usually after the first year of registration.

How is the competition in Africa faring? In South Africa, there are around 1.26m .za domains. A single domain is priced at around R 75.00 ($5) for the end-user. For a .com, the average price is $15 per year.

Registry: The company responsible for managing the domain namespace. Examples are KeNIC for .ke ccTLD, and Verisign for .com and .net gTLDs.

ccTLD: Country Code Level Domain e.g co.ke or .co.za.

gTLD: Generic Top Level Domain e.g. .com or .org.

Registrar: A company that has access to a Registry to register domains for end users usually at a profit.

Registrant: An entity that registers a domain through a Registrar, and is usually the owner or end-user of the registered domain.

Domain: A unique name that identifies a company or individual on the Internet. e.g. wikipedia.org.

Registration on the second level: Ability to register your domain as yourcompany.ke, in addition to yourcompany.co.ke.

Common Domain business terms.

From the September 2019 statistics, .ke domains stand at 93,446. This is 6,554 domains shy of the 100,000 mark. With proper management, marketing, and value proposition, KeNIC should cross the 100k mark in early 2020.

The numbers can be higher if KeNIC can be more deliberate about it. They should put strategies to increase trust on the Registry by reducing downtime of this key critical infrastructure, and provide periodic reports on how the resource is doing on availability. 100% availability is the minimum that is expected of a Registry. They should also address the political risk issue, and also increase in marketing and awareness. KeNIC revenue is about Ksh84,000,000 $0.84m (Assuming 43,000 new registrations at $6.5, and 43,000 renewals at $11.6). A good portion of that should go towards enriching its human resource, upgrading its infrastructure and marketing. That way, KeNIC can catch up with South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR)


NOW you can Register cool names in the .ke namespace like li.ke ju.ke karao.ke awa.ke. Register here ONLY transworldafrica.co.ke

KENIC opened up the Second Level Domain today on 19th January 2018. Get lucky. This is your chance to register cool names.

Domain registration in Kenya at TransworldAfrica.co.ke

Register .ke domains only at TransworldAfrica.co.ke

For West Africans, and especially Nigerians, you can register names like adeni.ke, aderon.ke, adeto.ke, atinu.ke, fadesi.ke, moreni.ke, olajumo.ke, oluwafun.ke, omolaba.ke, oyeni.ke

What are some of the cool names you can register? Of course most of them will be registered tonight. Which one will you register?

in.ke
e.ke
o.ke
u.ke

li.ke
ma.ke
ta.ke
mi.ke
la.ke
wa.ke
du.ke
sa.ke
ca.ke
jo.ke
bi.ke
wo.ke
ja.ke
fa.ke
co.ke
ba.ke
pi.ke
hi.ke
dy.ke
ra.ke
po.ke
yo.ke
ju.ke
ho.ke
di.ke
pu.ke
nu.ke
de.ke
ha.ke
ty.ke
ti.ke
ki.ke
to.ke
so.ke
fy.ke
mo.ke
si.ke
cu.ke
pe.ke
le.ke
sy.ke
ry.ke

spoke
broke
stake
smoke
alike
shake
burke
awake
brake
spike
snake
drake
evoke
choke
flake
awoke
stoke
quake
fluke
bloke
minke
slake
spake
trike
crake
latke
wacke
troke

unlike
strike
stroke
intake
uptake
invoke
remake
revoke
rebuke
retake
unmake
shrike
strake
betake
belike
kishke
alsike
peruke
unyoke
rewoke
mopoke
rewake
splake
pikake
uncake

berake

comake

axlike
oxlike
ananke

mistake
dislike
provoke
karaoke
pancake
partake


We would like to bring to your attention the introduction of second level domain registration in Kenya by the Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC). This means that you can register a domain like transworldafrica.ke instead of transworldafrica.co.ke.

Any existing third level domain owners can register similar names to their third level domains on the second level. This means that you have an opportunity to also register a new domain mycompany.ke to suppliment your existing mycompany.co.ke

Please note the following three faces for the .ke second level domain registration:

Sunrise Period.
This is the period when registered trademark owners can register their domains. If you have a trademark you want registered, contact us to register a .ke domain for you. example of a trademark is Google, so we can register for you google.ke if you are the trademark owner. Act now, and register your trademark on the .ke domain name space. The registration fee in this phase is Ksh10,000

Grandfathering phase
From now to 22nd December 2017.
This Phase will allow for existing third level domain owners to register similar names to their third level domains on the second level. Any existing third level domain owners can register similar names to their third level domains on the second level. This means that you have an opportunity to also register a new domain mycompany.ke to suppliment your existing mycompany.co.ke

The following are the conditions to register a domain in the second level from now through December 2017 (Gradfathering phase).
1. Provide a copy of Business name certificates to show proof of ownership.

Landrash phase
From December 2017.
This is general auction where all the cool names will be auctioned off. Example is ca.keba.ke etc.
If you have names you want to bid, you can sent them to us via email, with the bid price, and we will bid them for you.

General Availability
From January 2018
In this phase going forward, anybody can register the domain of their choice using the normal first come, first served basis.
The registration fee in this phase is Ksh10,000
Act now, and register your name on the .ke domain name space.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us on the address below.

Register now your favorite domain at https://transworldafrica.co.ke

email: domains[at]transworldafrica.com
Tel: +254722402248


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A .me.ke domain name like this one lord.me.ke is great for a personal blog, personal journal, and advertising your qualifications and resume to the masses. You can refer your employers to your website or showcase your portfolio.

You can also have a brand .me.ke email address like dreams@lord.me.ke which you can give your loved ones, or use for personalising your diary, and thoughts.

A domain alone like lord.me.ke is Ksh1000/year ($10).

A website with the domain is Ksh1160/year ($11). You will get a website just like this lord.me.ke or Foina.me.ke or Ndungi.me.ke.

Try contacting any of the .ke domain registrars by clicking on this link.

Lets go digital

See also, The responsive and interactive online Bible, neno.co.ke


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Domain transfer policy

KENIC has a very good mechanism for domain transfers between registrars. The process is as simple as 123. The domain owner aproaches the registrar of choice, and decides to transfer in, the registrar then puts an online request to the competitor to transfer out. If he refuses, there is a despute committee than can arbitrate. Of course the big players are the hardest to transfer out of, and also some quacks will never transfer a domain at all. This is an issue of ethics.

It is illogical to transfer an expired domain. You have to renew it first.

If you have paid for domain renewal and it has not been renewed, then you have been scammed. You can take the issue with KENIC desputes committee.

KENIC domain pricing

The KENIC pricing has been discussed at lengths. I used to advocate lower prices, but since I became an insider, I now know better. Look at the price of .x xx domain. At $60 translating at about KES4500 with more than 100,000, domains already booked, that’s $6M per year, while .org and .com costs KES800, enjoying millions of subscribers, thus giving them economies of scale. You will realise that KENIC survives on a shoe string budget. If you look at their balance sheets, you can’t help but pity them. According to this presentation by Kemibaro, .ke domains are not overpriced http://www.slideshare.net/kemibaro/kenya-network-information-centre-kenic-marketing-plan-for-201011

We only have paltry 30,000 .ke domains.

At some quarters, its has been argued that personal .me.ke domain should be given out for free for the first year. Maybe even .sc.ke and .ne.ke. I think that would be a brilliant marketing strategy, then go back to 500bob per year thereafter.

Anybody advocating for lowering of .ke prices should also at the same time come up with a survival tactic for KENIC. How they will pay their staff and maintain the servers.

I would suggest that KENIC start offering hosting, colocation, consultancy, and such related services. But again such divergence might bring about conflict of interest.

Barrack Otieno, hit the nail directly on the head when he declared, ‘ask not what KENIC has done for you, but what you have done for KENIC’. As registrars we are always faced with the choice of whether to give our clients a ccTLD or gTLD. Most of us opt for gTLD because we are saving some few cents. After doing a market survey, I realised that most established registrar charge the same amount for either gTLD or ccTLD. We need concerted effort and willingness by the registrar to convince clients to take our .ke ccTLD, only then, shall we prosper as a registry

We Kenyans should start feeling proud of our ‘identity’. I think the patriotic card can be played well to convince people to take our local domains. The marking strategy of ‘zingine ni COMmon’ was very good. It should be revived. We should also convince our politicians to take .ke domain when they are launching their campaign websites. In that way, the population will be exposed to the .ke brand.

Register .co.ke .or.ke domains at KES950, use coupon code 950.

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The Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC) lowered domain registration fees of some domain. I was vexed since they left the .co.ke and .or.ke prefixes in the cold, but all the same Transworld computer Channels got recognition from Business daily Africa

Here is the post made to Skunkworks

KENIC

Well done Kenic.

But you have thought this out from the wrong perspective, and got all priorities wrong. You have subsidized for the rich, and left the poor. Surely, who can afford a domain more? A government institution (.go.ke), an educational institution (.ac.ke), or an individual .co.ke .ne.ke)? You are working against all the principles of Robin Hood

“KENIC Stealing from the poor, giving to the rich”

KENIC, do you know how many people opt to register .com, .org, and .net domains because the price of .ke is NOT within reach? I understand that about 80% of .ke domains come from .co.ke, and Kenic is not ready to loose that revenue, as it is self sustaining, but if the cost of .co.ke domains is lowered, you will achieve 100,000 domains within several years, and your revenue stream will still be excellent due to the volumes.

I think KENIC’S, greediness has been its own undoing. Our company has registered hundreds of websites, and only a handful are .ke because the clients, who are usually young .COMS securing their digital space are put off at the obscene local domains pricing, opting for the cheaper gTLD.

Was Kenic’s initial mandate “PROFIT MAKING”, and why are they masquarading with a holy .OR.KE domain name? KENIC’s initial aim was “to institute a local non-profit organization to manage and operate the .KE ccTLD.”

Why have you deviated from it?

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