As .ZA Passes One Million Registrations, Price Hikes Coming In March

South African registryThe registry fee, that is the fee charged to registrars, is set to jump on 1 March just as the South African ccTLD passes the one million registration mark.

Registering new or renewing existing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains are all set to cost more the ZA Central Registry has told its domain registrars according to a report in the South African technology news site My Broadband.

The report notes ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said the wholesale price of registrations through their extensible provisioning protocol (EPP) system would become R45 ($3.90), while legacy registrations would increase to R90. Currently EPP costs R35, while legacy registrations cost R65.88.

These price increases were approved in November 2014, and were originally set to take effect on 16 February 2015, the report continues.

Further price increases to legacy registrations of R10 per year will be implemented annually from 1 March, until the price reaches R130 in 2019.

The increases follows ZACR announcing the number of .za domain names passed the one million registrations mark on 23 January.

“When the first .za domains were registered in 1992, few in the South African internet industry ever expected the total to ever go beyond 100 000, let alone ten times that amount. The one million milestone represents a great vote of confidence in the world class .za domain name system,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR, according to another report in Fin24.