Tuesday, November 1, 2011

.COM.NA Fiasco: More problems for Namibian .NA Domains!!

 This was a comment submitted on this blog but I prefer to publish it to highlight the issues affecting the Namibian users who are still at the mercy of Dr Eberhard Lisse, a gynecologist, who administers this namespace. Read along and let us know your opinion on this issue:

.COM.NA Fiasco (Namibian Domain Registry - Na-Nic & Dr Eberhard Lisse)
Barely six months after the new communications law took effect, there are problems with the overall management of Namibian domain names on the Internet.

Namibia Information Technologies Namibia (NamIT) is on the warpath after the present Chief Registrar of all main and sub domain name with .na, Namibia Network Information Centre (NA-NIC) for the alleged flouting of rules empowering administrators yesterday morning summarily four subdomains of NamIT suspended.

Mr. Thorsten Hübner, from NamIT, is considering civil and, according to him, even criminal action against NIC-NA and its often controversial CEO, Dr. Eberhard Lisse.

Since yesterday afternoon, more than 1000 people with e-mail addresses with the suffix .mail.na and more than 600 customer sites with the suffixes .of.na, .ws.na. and .mobi.na, have been offline for a second day.

Hübner argues that while a wide variety of parties - including service providers that play the role of middlemen – can be administrators, NA-NIC has a problem with the authorization for NamIT's administrators. Hübner, however, claims that Lisse does not follow the cutt-off agreement and he has double standards.

NamIT said he was the victim of a constitutional administrative injustice. According to Hübner, the case ,if necessary, will be taken all the way to the international regulator ICANN and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Everything is not about prices, he said.

NIC-NA currently sells .com.na addresss to Namibians for about N$ 600 and .na addresses for approximately N$ 4 000. For foreigners a .com.na costs approximately N$ 5 000 and a .na as much as N$ 50 000. NamIT currently provides services for N$ 450 to N$ 3 600.

Due to price and other factors, very few institutions, businesses and individuals in the country, after about 16 years of Internet access, use .na addresses.

NA-NIC answered to NamIT's complaints with a real letter that the company is contractually obligated to confidentiality when it comes to relationships with customers. "We honor the commitment," is emphasized.

According to NA-NIC the close corporation has for many years managed one of the most advanced registration system in mainland strictly according to international best practices.

"When errors (about the names of registrants and administrators) come to light, registrars are requested to adhere to the rules."

On the question of whether the intervention actually the result of a price war, the answer was that NA-NIC not involved in or aware of any sub-registrars price scales.

According to NA-NIC he is doing his best to encourage registrars to sell local domain names and maintain good relationships with all vendors.

NA-NIC did not want to answer the Republikein's question on whether Dr. Lisse illegally registered .na under his name at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
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