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New System To Register Domain Names Quicker


Internet Society Confident New System To Register Domain Names Will Be Quicker And More Efficient

The Internet Society of New Zealand is confident that the new system for registering .nz domain names from early next month will be quicker and more efficient.

The system has been built for Domainz, ISOCNZ's wholly owned company which operates the New Zealand domain name registry, by Glazier Systems.

ISOCNZ chair Peter Dengate Thrush says with the number of registered domain names expected to double from 50,000 to 100,000 this year, a system that can cope with the extra size and continuing growth is needed.

"The old system out-sourced through Waikato University has been working well and they have done a good job, but running the registry is not a core activity for them and Domainz is bringing it in- house," he says.

Mr. Dengate Thrush says the new system will have a better designed database and a better interface which will make it easier for the more than 200 Internet Service Providers (ISP's) acting as registrars around the country to register domain names.

"It is important to understand that the business model this new system runs on is substantially the same as the old one. The changes to the system are of a technical nature with some new fields added to the registry database and a new interface.

"Importantly the new system preserves th e right and control of the individual over their domain name," he says.

Mr Dengate Thrush says one of the Society's guiding principles is that the individual has control over their domain name, not their agent, and this is preserved with the new system.

He says the Society is keen to ensure that the New Zealand domian name system is managed in the best possible way and consequently set up a working party under Victoria University Computer Science Professor John Hine to examine the business model being used to register domain names.

"The current business model which allows domain name holders to interact directly with the domainz registry is not broken and there is no reason to change the model unless there is a demonstrated need.

"We are sympathetic to looking into what the internet community thinks about the model and Professor Hine will be inviting interested parties around the country to meet with his committee or submit their views," Mr Dengate Thrush says.

He says a key concern of ISOCNZ is to ensure that there is portability of domain name when name holders move from one ISP to another and issues of portability such as that which have arisen with telephone numbers do not arise with domain names.

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