The Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), the entity charged with the management and the administration of the .ke Country Code Top-Level Domain (.ke ccTLD) name has announced that users in Kenya can buy the 2nd Level Domain .ke in a months time after many years of speculation and anticipation by the general public.
The move makes it possible for users to buy domain names like ma.ke, ba.ke, drink.co.ke among others. This move comes after the .africa domain name opened for sale to IP and trademark holders across Africa and globally. Though KeNIC will see increased demand for local domain names after unveiling the second level domain, there are still fears by the general public and the international community on the government control over .ke domains after a local site mysteriously went down for documenting and making fun of the presidents itinerary.
KeNIC categorically explained it had nothing to do with the site’s unavailability but people would just not believe it. The non-profit organization manages and operates the .KE ccTLD and has done a lot to promote the .ke ccTLD, this new development will make its work easier and attrackt usrs who want to retain their IP and trademarked names online.
Before the .ke firms had to register third level domain such as .co.ke – for Companies, .or.ke – for NGO’s, .ne.ke – for Network Devices, .go.ke – for Government Entities,.ac.ke – for Institutions of Higher Education, .sc.ke – for Lower and Middle Institutes of Learning,.me.ke – for Personal names,.mobi.ke – for Mobile content and .info.ke – for information related websites.