UAE telecom regulator outlines internet plan

The UAE’s telecoms regulator will continue to raise awareness of the country’s website domain names at this year’s GITEX Technology Week, in addition to promoting the ICT foundation and the .aeDA, aeCERT, eCommerce initiatives.

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UAE telecom regulator outlines internet plan
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  September 23, 2009

The UAE's telecoms regulator will continue to raise awareness of the country's website domain names at this year's GITEX Technology Week, in addition to promoting the ICT foundation and the .aeDA, aeCERT, eCommerce initiatives.

The TRA has spent the last year busily building on a number of initiatives it showcased at last year's GITEX, including a domain name registration scheme and plans to offer greater protection to consumers in the country.

With so many industry figures gathered together, the TRA took the opportunity to highlight its plan to take the process of selling domain names away from incumbent operator Etisalat, and to promote UAE registered domain names as "the national flag of the UAE".

TRA director general Mohamed Al Ghanim says that the priority was to boost interest in the .ae domain name, and that in order to increase the number of .ae sites being registered control of the registration process was passed on.

"Like the numbering plan, like the spectrum, these are natural - and national - resources, and need to be managed by an independent entity which gives it to everybody equally."

"Second-level domain names are restricted to UAE-only companies. We want to build trust in people who are doing electronic transactions."

In August the TRA signed a deal with one of the country's leading information technology and managed services providers to market the nation's website registrations. Under the terms of the agreement, Injazat will market and register ‘.ae' website domains in the UAE.

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