Weekly Discussion Roundup 13th-19th October, 2014. Print

1. Is the .UG Re-delegation Necessary? Initiated by James Wire

There has been a lot said about the .ug ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) management over the years…

Flowers

“As per the ICP-1 which is the document that sets out how cctld are to be administered, the concept is not one of "ownership", but rather that of "management" of a particular territory's cctld.”

 

“While the opinion and concerns of a government are taken very seriously by ICANN - they need to be supported by key stakeholders to the Internet in that territory.”

 

 

Frowns

 

Conclusion/ Remarks

“No matter how much one stakeholder makes noise or lobbies, a re-delegation is very difficult or impossible without a "Local Internet Community". This consists of Government, industry, civil society, academia and ought to be representative enough to be recognized as such.”

 

“Obviously this cannot happen overnight (in Kenya it took us 13 months) so be prepared to do some hard work.”

 

“Unity of stakeholders is key to growth of any Internet Eco-system and there has to be a conscious effort to achieve this.”

2. Timeline for acquiring a short code from UCC. Initiated by Joe Ssekandi

How long does the whole process take and what is the fee structure?

Flowers

“I’ve seen it done in 2 days (acquiring short code)… However this all depends on how familiar you are with the procedure.”

 

Frowns

 

Conclusion/ Remarks

“You can have it in under 7-working days or if you 'know people' or have backing from a reputable international firm its can be scaled down to within 3 working days. Lastly just ask UCC to give you a realistic timeline that they can live up to.”

 

“The fee structure is dependent on the kind of short code you need.

A toll free or non-toll free short codes differ.”

 

“Depending on what your service requirements are, you need to decide whether you are looking for a 3 digit or 4 digit code.”

 

“I would therefore advise you use the services of an Aggregator as they have been through this process many times.”

 

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