Tanzania Network Information Centre launches domain registration facility


Tanzania Network Information Centre (Tznic) has launched its first umbrella domain registration facility in a bid to promote domestic Internet identification.

This stems on the fact that many institutions and individuals in the country depend on generic domain names. For example as of September this year, 5,200.tz domains were registered as compared to Kenya which has a total 12,000 local registered domains.

By using domain with names ending with .tz, a unique identity on the internet associated with Tanzania, was similar to using a country postal or telephone code which in the long run reduces cost of international internet connectivity charges.

This was said by Abibu Ntahigiye, the Tznic manager during breakfast meeting held in Dar es Salaam last week. "Most are under the impression that international fibre cables will reduce cost of internet connectivity. While this is true in the long run, cost of Internet also hinges on increase in the number of local domains.

Use of local domains will play a part in reducing connectivity prices on the virtue of reduced traffic to overseas countries from Tanzania," he said. Elaborating, Mr Ntahigiye said registering domain names locally would reduce traffic from internet users every time they access information from Tanzanian-based domain that was registered internationally.

Since its introduction in 2006, the company has been streamlining .tz domain registration and targets full control of country code top level domain by end of this year, thus becoming overall registrar of all domains.

And in an effort to meet this goal, the centre will be providing registry services to the country at a fee ranging from Sh5,000 to Sh25,000, said Simon Balthazar, a technical officer with Tznic. In the past, domain registration was been left to independent registrars and a university registrar.

The Citizen