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Are you in need of an Online presence.? The .bw country code Top Level Domain Welcomes You to the locally relevant domain name space. With the .bw, you can now secure a more easily remembered and shorter URL for your website or email ending in “.bw”. If your current provider is charging you too much for your online presence, .bw domains are a fantastic opportunity to purchase an affordable name. We are Safe, Secure and Identifiable for your potential customers in Botswana. Based right here in Botswana and trusted by over 8, 800 registrants, Re #pushabw #switchtobw
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Our Registry does not charge accredited Registrars maintenance fees – another fee not to worry about as you purchase your domain.
We pride ourselves in excellent customer service. Be sure to have your queries resolved in just 24hrs or less and get accredited as a Registrar within 7 working days of application. Customer satisfaction is our new marketing strategy!
Our secure DNS runs DNSSec to protect integrity of your domain online. Phishing a problem? Trust the Netcraft anti-phishing tool in appliance to detect & takedown such attacks on your domain.
Trust in our numbers as they reflect over 8, 800 domains registered in and outside Botswana as of 2019. The .bw domains continue to grow daily. Be Part of this awesome community!
Our domains are well regulated with Policies that puts your best interests first and ensures compliance with international domain name best practices. Your brand on .bw is protected and all .bw domains are registered fairly on a first come first serve basis.
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The .bw ccTLD is Botswana’s National resource under the delegation of Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority – BOCRA. The supervision of the .bw top-level domain is handled exclusively by BOCRA and we are determined to serve the public and industrial interests through timely registrar accreditation and fair regulation in accordance with the CRA Act 2012. Among others, BOCRA’s role is to:
As the telecommunications regulator, BOCRA has full government support and mandate to manage, operate and regulate the .BW ccTLD in a manner that complies with International best practices and policies. BOCRA’s .BW reflects a multi-stakeholder governance and engagement that upholds and reinforces a stable presence on the internet. We play a pivotal role in the economy and society to sustain a trusted, secure and fair domain name space – Our .bw
The .bw registry was first operated by the University of Botswana, who were listed as the sponsoring organization. The registry was later transferred to the management of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation -BTC, under the administration of Gary Northfield. In 2009, the government of Botswana mandated Botswana Telecommunications Authority – BTA to take over the operations and maintenance of the registry for neutrality.
The redelegation process was started in 2012 May and completed in 2013 was a success and the registry has remained under the supervision of BTA, now Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority - BOCRA. .BW domains continue to strive as a distinct identity of Botswana that supports and promote our local content on the internet.
The structure of a domain name within the .bw DNS has three levels. Each complete name must be unique and comprise all three levels, each separated by a period (.) i.e.name.domain.bw.
BOCRA supports a Registry/Registrar model for the .BW Domain name Registry. A Registrar is an individual, company or organization that registers domain names on behalf of the actual domain owner. If you want to become a registrar please see how to become a registrar.
This document is an Agreement between BOCRA and any potential Registrar to be accredited for .bw.
The WHOIS Policy outlines a service that will provide public access to the information in the .bw domain name register, by responding to a query relating to a specific domain name.
This document binds the Registrant to ccTLD policies and the Complaint Resolution Service. This Agreement is entered into by and between the .bw domain name registrant and BOCRA.
This document sets out policy on the period of registration, renewal, transfer, expiry and deletion of domain names in .bw zones. Existing domain names will be given one (1) year grace period to comply with all requirements as the policy changes.
A registrant is someone who *owns a domain name and registers it as belonging to them.
*subject to policy, a domain name is not permanently owned by anyone, it is assigned on first come first serve basis and may be allocated to another person if not renewed by the current owner. Execeptions are in trade mark cases like company names and popular brands where a registrant may have to show proof that the name is legally and rightfully theirs.
A Registrar is a legal entity/organization that has been accredited by BOCRA to register domain names with the .bw registry, on behalf of the registrant.
A registry is a database of all domain names registered under a top level domain.A registry operator,also called a `Network Information Center is an entity that operates and administers the registry therefore BOCRA is the registry operator for the .bw ccTLD.
A domain name is a unique address that is used on the Internet.It is what you see in the address bar after the “www” in a browser and it is what comes after the @ sign in an email address.Domain consists of two parts,the top level domain (TLD)and the second level domain i.e “test.bw “ the bw represents the TLD and the test represents the second level domain which is the actual name.There are country specific TOP LEVEL DOMAINS know as county code TOP LEVEL DOMAINS(ccTLDs) such as .bw for Botswana and .za for South Africa.We also have generic TOP LEVEL DOMAINS(gTLDs) like .com and .org.
Yes as long as the name does not violate policy and does not infringe on any registered trade mark.
Yes .bw domain names are registered at a fee which may vary from registrar to registrar.
.BW domains can be registered with any accredited registrar. Please refer to the list of approved registrars at https://nic.net.bw/list-of-accredited-registrars
Please refer to the registrars section for more information.
In order to register a domain name a registrant must proved their registrar of choice with the following information.
The registrant Name must be name of the domain owner.
Registering a .BW name is an easy process; Simply choose a domain name and do a WHOIS search to find out its availability. BOCRA does not accept registration requests from individuals (registrants). Registrants will have to identify one of the accredited registrars and register with them.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICING MAY VARY FROM REGISTRAR TO REGISTRAR.
If you are a registrar, login and click on the domain name to be renewed, select the number of years to renew the domain name and click save.
Registrants must kindly write to the registrars of their domain name(s) and request them to transfer the domain name(s) to their preferred registrar or ask their new registrar to request for the name which will be transferred to them by the losing registrar.
You can also follow https://whois.nic.net.bw/whois.jsp and click on "Key Retrieval" to get an authorization code which will be sent to you by mail. The code must be passed to the new registrar to initiate the transfer of the name.
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