Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Durni Companies Extends Wings into Kenya's .ke Namespace

South Africa .za namespace has been seeing lots of activities in the recent days, partly driven by huge investments by Durni companies that's led by Garvin Durni. Gavin has been seeing some great sales on Sedo in the recent weeks and it seems the South African super  domainer might be using his deep pockets to expand into Africa's emerging domain markets, setting his sights on the Kenyan Domain industry. This is good news for KENIC but bad news for Kenyan domainers. We don't have very deep pockets.

Only 18,000 domains are registered in Kenya's .ke namespace against 668,000 names in South Africa's .za namespace. Kenya has 25 million mobile users and over 10 million internet users. Kenyans are increasingly getting online to launch businesses and start-ups and the .com namespace is saturated along with .za namespace. What does this tell you? Kenya is the next domain frontier in Africa and you might soon see .KE names sold on Sedo!! What a day that will be for the Kenyan domain industry??

And to prove it, South Africa's domain king might be acquiring some generic Kenyan domain names. They are using SawaSawa as their local administrative contact. Already, Durni companies has acquired gold: Women.co.ke men.co.ke is already listed on Sedo! I had chanced on some little cash this week and was hurrying to register some generic .ke names like women.co.ke only to be met by the ubiquitous sedo parking page staring at me! Durni had snapped it up.

Gavin's .KE Domain Portfolio includes: 
women.co.ke
men.co.ke
wine.co.ke
airlines.co.ke
aviation.co.ke
loan.co.ke
design.co.ke
style.co.ke
juice.coke
toys.co.ke
clothes.co.ke
phones.co.ke
auctions.co.ke
gaming.co.ke
students.co.ke
bags.co.ke
printing.co.ke
gps.co.ke
medicine.co.ke
trucks.co.ke
reviews.co.ke
oil.co.ke
fitness.co.ke
Plus many many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To the Kenyan domainers out there, hurry up and grab your best .ke domain names while they still last. The word "Duni" in Swahili means scarce but this Durni has plenty :) .Gavin knows his way round domains and very soon, there will be few great generic .ke domain names left. But this is a GOOD thing for Kenyan domain industry that Kenyan domains are becoming marketable internationally!

Other .KE names owned by other foreign investors:
love.co.ke
flights.co.ke
fund.co.ke
banking.co.ke
rugby.co.ke