Rwanda: Country to Get Internet Domain
The New Times (Kigali)
June 24, 2006
Posted to the web June 26, 2006
Rwanda is going to be among the few countries in the world that will
be offering free registration for an Internet Domain name to her
citizens, The New Times has established. According to Dr. Raphael
Mmasi, the Director of National Computing Centre in the Rwanda
Information Technology Authority (RITA), the Country Code Top Level
Domain (CCTLD) is still managed by an individual, Fredrick Gregory,
based in Belgium.
Mmasi however, disclosed that the UNDP in conjunction with the
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) would assist the
country to manage its internet resources. He further said that RITA
is in its advanced stages of the re-delegation process of (.rw)
"The United Nations Development Programme's support enabled RITA to
acquire the necessary equipment for managing .rw registry," Dr.
Mmasi told The New Times on phone. He added that the package would
among other accessories include Servers and Routers.
The domain name servers that are now running under Linux Platform
(Fedora Core 5.0) have already been set up and running at RITA
premises Kacyiru, he added.
Mmasi also said that in a bid to manage the new domain, RITA sent
two network specialists, Issa Nkusi and Claude Hakizimana, for a two
week intensive training programme at Kenya Information Centre
(KENIC) in May last year in order to acquire technical skills
required for managing the .rw registry.
He said the new domain name registry has been designed and
configured with two uplinks connection through two different local
Internet Service Providers.
To date, there are also secondary name servers in Butare town and
outside Rwanda for a backup system in case of fast disaster recovery.
Dr Mmasi also disclosed that currently the registry system, mail
system and website for registry are under development at RITA.
Governmental institutions will have a sub domain of go.rw, while
individuals will have id.rw. ne.rw will stand for network
infrastructure and providers and as.rw will stand for association
"Through .rw, the management of the Country Code Top Level Domain
will play an important role in politics and governance, by enhancing
a government's ability to provide internet security for its
citizens, free and fast domain name registration, protect its
borders and more efficiently, handle civil emergencies and national
disasters," Dr Mmasi said.