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Zimbabwe looks to future-proof .zw domain

By , Zimbabwe correspondent
Zimbabwe , 10 Sep 2020

Zimbabwe’s public have until 31 October 2020 to comment on the newly proposed Domain Name system (DNS) framework to ensure it falls in line with policies and procedures regarding subdomains and simplifies registration of .zw domains in order to encourage uptake.

This is according to a recent directive from the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).

DNS translates easily known names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses which locates websites and services over the internet. Easy access to local domain names and growth in the local DNS industry has an impact on the local internet ecosystem.

As part of the review process, Potraz has invited input and comments from interested stakeholders.

The regulator stated: “The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is reviewing the current Domain Name System (DNS) Framework for Zimbabwe, pursuant to the Authority’s mandate of administering numbering and naming resources for the country. As a follow-up to the public consultations conducted in 2019, the Authority now presents a draft framework for your comments.”

The review is being undertaken to enable the new system to "create a framework which is future-proof and allows the country to embrace the benefits offered by using the .zw namespace" as well as ensuring "sustainability" in the management of .zw domains.

This would be in addition to effectively simplifying registration of .zw domains, enhancing security of the .zw namespace and ensuring "there are uniform policies and procedures amongst the various subdomains" under the .zw namespace.

Local bloggers say the current DNS registration process is time consuming and this discourages people from using .zw Top Level Domain because of lack of automation.

UK-based ICT expert and blogger Brighton Musonza said the fragmented manner in which the DNS has been implemented posed a security threat in the system and indirectly affects the availability of DNS. “Implementing security measures like Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) has become a challenge.”

The regulator added: “It presents views and approaches based on extensive research on the current best practice in Africa and outside Africa.”

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