Website addresses with Cayman domain names are open to the international market as of Wednesday.
The Information and Communications Technology Authority announced the new regulatory regime for .ky Internet addresses in March.
Local businesses have had a six-month exclusive period to confirm they wished to keep their site names and pay the new US$39.88 annual registration fee.
Now the authority has opened up the domain to the international community allowing anyone in the world to register a .ky domain on a first-come, first-served basis.
ICTA managing director Alee Fa’amoe said, “We’re not necessarily anticipating a huge influx of domain registrations from outside the Cayman Islands, but we have been contacted by a number of registrars who want to market and sell the domain for us.” “Right now we are working with Cayman-based domain registrar Uniregistry to re-register existing domain names and sign up new local applicants but we know that there is a market out there with people interested in securing popular names or acronyms that they can tie to the .ky domain.”
Since announcing the domain changes, ICTA says it has spent significant time trying to clean up the registry, getting rid of the non-Cayman-based domain registrants and re-registering existing domain name owners.
The authority has also been sending out regular emails to .ky domain registrants to remind them of the need to renew their registration.
“We have seen a number of new registrations during this local-only phase of the change program,” added Mr. Fa’amoe.
Cayman residents can still register domain names after the global launch, provided they are still available.
For more information, visit www.icta.ky or www.uniregistry.ky.