The Rwanda Information & Communication Technology Association – RICTA would like to inform all esteemed customers who have websites using the domain name .Rw that they should pay the subscription for the year 2014 to ensure that their websites are not shut down.
RICTA is the official sponsoring organization of the .RW country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the Republic of Rwanda. RICTA primary mandate is to look after the management, the sustainability, the integrity and the security of the Rwanda Internet space under .RW.
The deadline for payment is February 28th, 2014 and those who will fail to pay on time will immediately lose access to their websites’ domain names.
RICTA’s domain names are .rw, .co.rw, .org.rw, .net.rw, .ac.rw, .coop.rw, and they are sold by people authorized by RICTA management.
Up to now only 195 websites among 1250 with RICTA’s domain names have renewed their subscription.
Yan Kwizera, Operations Officer at Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association (RICTA) said those who have not yet managed to renew their subscription will end up with losing their domain names or they will be sold to other people who need them.
Activities of payment for domain name renewal started by the end of October 2013 and it will end by 28th February 2013.
Authorized sellers of Rwanda’s domain names are AFRIREGISTER Ltd, BROADBAND SYSTEM CORPORATION (BSC), ESCIA Ltd, GALAXY GROUP Ltd, HOSTHOLIK Ltd, IGIHE Ltd, IMAGINET Ltd, ISAP Ltd, LEXSYNERGY Ltd, LIQUID TELECOM (Former RWANDATEL S.A), MARKMONITOR Inc, MTN RWANDA, PROGRAMAGE Ltd, and WEBSPAGE Ltd.
After payment renewal, the web owner can approach any of above mentioned sellers to get his/her domain name without coming to RICTA’s HQs.
Why renewal of .RW domain names subscription is compulsory
Kwizera said this is due to the fact that many subscribers have shown no will to pay for their domain names and this will lead to the closure of some domain names whose owners will have not paid for.
He said that any person who want to do well her/his business in Rwanda is encouraged to use the Rwandan domain name of .RW adding that this will be another step ahead in good services delivery.
Kwizera noted that this is also a way to give value to all domain names of .Rw as well as promoting internet access in Rwanda.
Yan KWIZERA says that when Internet had reached Rwanda, all services related to .RW domain names were offered by one person known as Frederic Gregoire. The same man was also managing domain names of Republic of Congo .CG.
At that time it was expensive to acquire the .RW domain name but only offered one .RW free domain name to a Rwandan but also provided poor services.
However, things changed in September, 2012 when ICANN requested Rwanda’s RICTA a non profit organisation to manage all .RW domain names.
RICTA is supported by RURA (Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority) in partnership with RDB (Rwanda Development Board).