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  • Launch of Second Level .bn Domain Names (SLD)

    a) What is the launch of second level .bn domain names about?

    What this means is that people will now be able to register for a .bn domain name, e.g. hello.bn.
    Before this launch, only third level domain names were available, e.g. hello.com.bn.

    Level Third Second
    Example hello.com.bn hello.bn

    b) When does the launch begin?

    The launch is divided into two (2) periods:
    i) The soft launch; and
    ii) The general launch.

    Item Description Start Date End Date
    Press Release 1 advert 1 May 2018 1 May 2018
    Soft Launch Period Soft launch commences on 1 May 2018 and ends on 10 June 2018 after a period of six (6) weeks. Application is open to existing registrants only. 1 May 2018 10 June 2018
    Batch Processing Processing of applications received during soft launch period for a period of six (6) weeks. 11 June 2018 22 July 2018
    General Launch Application is open to all on a first-come-first-serve basis. 23 July 2018 N/A

    c) Who can apply for a second level .bn domain name?

    During the soft launch period, only existing registrants with third (3rd) level .BN domain names registered before 1 May 2018 are eligible to apply for SLD. The SLD applied for during this period must be identical to the existing 3rd level domain name. Applications will be processed in batches and not on a first-come-first serve basis. During the general launch, applications are open to all on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    d) How can I apply for a second level .bn domain name?

    During the Soft Launch During the General Launch
    1. Existing registrants can apply through your existing registrar.*
    2. There may be an application fee that your registrar will charge.
    3. This will not be registered automatically.
    4. The domain will only be registered after the end of the batch processing period.
    1. Anyone can apply through any of BNNIC’s registrars.*
    2. There may be an application fee that your registrar will charge.
    3. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    4. Domains will be registered immediately upon approval of application.

    * All applications must be accompanied by:

    • A declaration form (refer to Annex 2 of Application for Guidelines for SLD);
    • The SLD Application Form (obtained from the accredited registrar);
    • Any associated fees (refer to Annex 1 Application for Guidelines for SLD); and
    • And any other supporting documents as BNNIC or its accredited registrars may
      require.

    e) Who are BNNIC’s current registrars?

    BNNIC’s accredited registrars are:

    Registrar Address Remarks
    Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) Telekom Brunei Berhad
    Royal Brunei Plaza,
    4th Floor, Jalan Sultan Omar Ali
    Saifuddin,
    BS8811, Bandar Seri Begawan,
    Negara Brunei Darussalam
    Please make your application for a second level domain name at their counters.
    DST Network Sdn Bhd DST Headquarters,
    Jln Tungku Link,
    Bandar Seri Begawan BE 3619
    Negara Brunei Darussalam
    Please make your application for a second level domain name at their counters.

    f) How much is the fee for each of the application?

    All applications submitted may be subject to the registration fees charged by the applicant’s selected registrar. Please contact any of our accredited registrars for the fees they charge.

    g) What happens if more than one applicant applies for the same SLD during the Soft Launch Period?

    Applicants are divided into two (2) groups during the soft launch period:

    • PRIORITY 1: Existing Registrants who are Government organisations and registered
      trademark holders who own a 3rd level domain name before 1 May 2018.
      Eg. A Government organisation with 3rd level domain name ‘123.gov.bn’, seeking to register the SLD ‘123.bn’, or a registered trademark holder with 3rd level domain name,
      ‘ABC.com.bn’, seeking to register the SLD ‘ABC.bn’.
    • PRIORITY 2: All other Existing Registrants who own a 3rd level domain name registered under the ‘com.bn/org.bn/net.bn/edu.bn’ categories before 1 May 2018. The SLD applied for must be identical to the existing 3rd level domain name.
      Eg. An Existing Registrant (who is not a Government organisation or a registered trademark holder) with 3rd level domain name ‘XYZ.com.bn’ seeking to register the SLD ‘XYZ.bn’.

    Applications in the Priority 1 Group will have priority over applicants in the Priority 2 Group. Where there are two (2) or more applicants for the same SLD within the same Group, these applicants will be invited to bid for the SLD.

    h) How does the bidding process work? How does the bidding process work?

    BNNIC will notify the relevant applicants via the email address used on the application form and provide the applicants with a Bid Form to fill in and submit. BNNIC will then announce the bid results. The SLD will be allocated to the highest bidder upon payment of the winning bid.

     

    For further enquiries, please refer to the Guidelines on Application for Second Level Domain Names or drop us an email at info@bnnic.bn.

     

    Created on 26/04/2018 in General FAQs

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