Tanzania government directs all businesses to have .TZ domain names


In order to spur uptake of the country’s internet domain addresses by the business company, the Tanzania government on June 1 published a notice seeking to have business entities within the country to have .tz domain names.

The notice, published in the Daily News newspaper by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), stated that the requirement is meant “to comply with the regulatory requirements and to contribute to the national revenue.”

TCRA has however not indicated deadline within which businesses need register and start operating .tz internet domains.

Uptake of .tz ccTLD has been slow, with current statistics from the Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC) indicating that there only 11,193 registered .tz domains with majority of these being co.tz (8,978) while the least is mobi.tz with just 2 registered domains.

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According to tzNIC, there are over 40 accredited domain registrars in the country. The accredited registrars charge Tshs 25,000 (Kshs 1,150) per registration while tzNIC levies a higher fee of Tshs 45,000 (Kshs 2,070) for the same service.

The tzNIC was established in 2006 to administer and manage the operations of Tanzania’s country code Top Level Domain (.tz ccTLD). It manages a system that locates where a .tz mail or web server is located and has 2 founding members – TCRA (the regulator) and TISPA (the association of ISPs)