Registering a .co.za domain will cost 50 percent more starting on March 1, 2013, but only ISPs and registrars using UniForum SA’s legacy domain registration system will be hit with the increase.
According to a report by TechCentral, UniForum South Africa, the ZA Central Registry, said the price increase is aimed at pushing ISPs and registrars away from the old system to use a new system based on the Extensible Provision Protocol.
This increase is the first in more than 10 years, and will see the price of registering a .co.za domain go from $5.73 per year to closer to $9/year.
TechCentral said the legacy system is based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol which does not have the same standards as the new EPP system. The legacy system is less secure since it enabled anonymous registrations.
To ensure their systems interact with the EPP system, ISPs and registrars will have to meet some technical requirements and an accreditation process, ZACR director Calvin Browne tells TechCentral.
The legacy system is used by nearly 84 percent of .co.za domain name registrations, and won’t be discontinued any time soon. Still, the price incentive should drive more ISPs and registrars to move to the EPP system. ZACR lists other benefits of using EPP on its website, including instant responses to commands.
South Africa hosts a majority of the top websites in Africa, and domain investor Gavin Durni, founder of Durni Companies, expects a strong demand from domain names in South Africa due to the annual growth of broadband penetration and boom in e-commerce in South Africa, according to a report on MyBroadband.
Talk back: What do you think of the .co.za domain price increase? As a registrar, will you be making the switch away from the legacy domain registration system? Let us know in a comment.