Thursday, September 15, 2011

KENIC to Slash .KE Domain Name Prices by upto 50%

KENIC might soon slash the price of the .KE domain name prices by up to 50% to give more people access to the .KE namespace, we have reliably learned. Currently .KE domain names cost about Ksh.2900($35) and while this might be considered cheap when compared to other African ccTLDs(Angola's .ao and Ethiopia's .et cost as much as $300), it has met with stiff opposition from the local internet players and has rendered the .KE namespace uncompetitive as more Kenyans opt for gTLD domain names like .com .org .net etc. The 50% price reduction might bring Kenyan ccTLD domain name prices to around $17-$20 making .KE one of the most affordable ccTLDs in Africa and the world!

With .KEs now within the same price range as gTLDs, it rules out price as a deciding factor when choosing between TLDs. Maybe Kenyans will have to consider other factors but price will soon be out of the equation. If this materializes, customers and Domainers in Kenya and beyond will now look at .KE as a viable option for their online presence and Kenyan identity without worrying about the price of the domain name.

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