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.er ccTLD
...want to work on opening it for public

 8:43 am on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

ccTLD .er belongs to my home country Eritrea. I have met some people already from different corners of the world who are interested in acquiring .er domain names as it can be used quite in a unique way.

There are not that many domains already registered in .er, and as far as I know they are not more than 10 including governmental and educational organizations.

To give you an idea the domains can be registered in domains similar to dream.er OR kill.er

If it makes a little bit business sense (I am not into it for money), but would like to work on making the necessary arrangements to open it up to the public. I am not in the administration level, but don't see any difficulties meeting and convincing the people responsible in handling the case.

Do you think it will make a business sense? Would you register one?



 10:18 am on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

I certainly think that it would make business sense and I would register one, my surname ends in er :) - so can I reserve turn.er at this pre-pre-pre-registration stage?

The difficulty would be putting in place and securing the infrastructure. Talking to some of the other smaller cctld authorities may help to give you an idea of the scale of your undertaking.


 11:52 am on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Your pre-pre-pre-reg is pending approval :)

Thanks. I have already began reviewing a few case studies I was able to put my hands on. Yes, it seems a bit difficult to get the infrastructure ready, but I am willing to go through it. I need to find a way to estimate how much interest exists on the domain names, considering aswell auctioning a few valuable domain names initially.

There are no other cctld authorities there, but I am trying to pull some resources where I live. Any more ideas or suggestions, on the infrastructure, an educated guess on how valuable the cctld could be, or any oth.er is welcome.


 12:46 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Have you looked at talking to the domain auction and parking companies - SEDO, Moniker, Pool, Parked.com etc

they may be able to help you get a handle on the values of some of the premium domains.


 1:42 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ian, thanks that is a great idea.


 9:19 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would appreciate any more insights into this. Anyone with any hands on experience in it is also very welcome.

Receptional Andy

 11:50 pm on Dec 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

-er covers pretty much every noun in the english language, so I'd say the business case is pretty clear ;)


 12:18 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would say the business case couldn't be clear.er.

Is there a domain.er with an opinion on the matter?


 4:24 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

i would look at .tv and .fm as a model of monetizing potentially popular cctld's.


 4:28 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

phranque, yes I think that is a good thing aswell. I have been reviewing the business model they followed with .me (for montenegro), and thought I could take a bit of their experiences.


 9:46 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

i highly doubt one person can pull this off... if you are serious about this, you need to consult with somebody over at directi or enom for example who may be able to point you in the right direction.

good luck!

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