The Kenyan domain name registry will soon be launching the long awaited .KE domain name space!

The Kenyan domain name registry will soon be launching the long awaited .KE domain name space!

If you own a brand and/or existing domain name in Kenya, we recommend that you protect your brand in the .KE domain name space, which is the highest level domain applicable to Kenya. It is important to secure registration of your brand in the .KE space before nefarious third parties or “cybersquatters” do so, bearing in mind that it is far cheaper to pre-emptively secure your brand in this space rather than going through costly recovery processes after the fact.

The .KE extension will be launched in three phases, namely Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability. The dates are as follows:

Sunrise: 23 Jul 2017 – 22 Oct 2017

Landrush: 23 Oct 2017 – 22 Nov 2017

General Availability: 8 Dec 2017 onwards.

The Sunrise period allows trade mark owners to preferentially register domain names that match their trade marks, before the .KE space opens up to the general public on a first come, first served basis in the General Availability period. The Landrush phase will afford applicants the ability to secure registration of premium domain names, such as generic names, before General Availability at an increased price.

If you are interested in securing your brand in the .KE space, please contact the Spoor & Fisher Domain Names Department at domainadmin@spoor.com / +27 12 676 1167.

Date published: 21 July 2017
Author: Spoor & Fisher

Tags: Kenya domain name