Policy framework for management of .ug country code top level domain (CCTLD)
It is recognised that although the Internet started in Uganda at around the same time as the mobile telephony market, growth in the former has been comparatively slower. Key constraints to the growth of the Internet market have been identified to include inadequate infrastructure, unavailability of relevant or appropriate content and high internet costs in Uganda. Associated with the presence of local content and local entity on the internet are domain names and the management of the .Ug.
Whereas there are two types of domain names under the domain name system, that is, country top level domains (ccTLD) and generic top level domains (gTLD), registration for a ccTLD is often restricted to individuals or organisations located in the particular country (or region) and as such promotes the visibility of the country on the Internet.
The system of registration of Internet domain names can facilitate the proliferation of Internet in a country. The number of registrations of Internet domain names in a country is also a measure of its popularity in the Internet space. Many countries have therefore adopted liberal and market friendly policies to register large number of Internet domain names under their country code, broadly consistent with global policy and procedures of domain registration. Recently, some countries have brought significant changes to their registration policies and procedures, which has led to a substantial increase in the number of domains registered in a short period of time.