RICTA to register 5,000 web domain names by 2016

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The Rwanda Information Communication Technology Association (RICTA) targets to register about 5000 web domain names by 2016, following the re-delegation of Rwanda’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), “.rw” from Belgium a couple of months ago.

RICTA late last year gained all the rights from Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to manage the government’s web which was formerly managed in Belgium by Frederic Gregoire, a Belgian entrepreneur, under his Swiss-based company NIC Congo – Interpoint.

After gaining all the rights, RICTA embarked on registering thousands of companies and promoting Rwanda’s identity on the web within in the next three years.

Previously Rwandans had opted for international web domain names; because little was known of “.rw” and they were not aware of the procedures involved to access it.

“It’s our task to ensure that our national identity is used by Rwandans. We want to reach a level where most of the Rwandan companies are registered under .rw,” Ghislain Nkeramugaba, the CEO of RICTA said at the formal launch of “.rw” on Thursday in Kigali.

He stated that currently they have registered about 1800 domain names.