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Purpose

This document is a public consultation document issued by Telecom Regulatory Authority on the subject of personal domain name registration.

Background and current situation
On 28th August 2012, TRA had issued the Decision 119/2012 on Domain Name Regulation, Chapter 3 of the Decision stipulates the Provisions of Domain Names Registration.

Article (14) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that 

“To register a domain name under the two top levels (.om) and (.عمان) the applicant shall be one of the administrative system units of the state, companies or institutions, professional or non-governmental organizations, associations or nonprofit institutions that have been licensed by the competent authorities in the Sultanate to practice activities as the case may be , and the applicant shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement that is approved by the Authority”

Article (15) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the two domains (.co.om), (.com.om) the applicant shall be a company or a registered business enterprise in the Sultanate that meets the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement, and if the company’s head office is located outside the Sultanate, it shall have an authorized agent in the Sultanate that meets the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (16) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the domain (.edu.om), the applicant shall be a public or private educational institution that is certified by a competent authority in the Sultanate such as the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Manpower and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (17) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the domain (.gov.om), the applicant shall be one of the administrative system units of the state that meets the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (18) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the domain (.net.om), the applicant shall be licensed by law to provide telecommunications services in the Sultanate and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (19) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that:

To register a domain name under the domain (org.om), the applicant shall be a public utility institution (non-profit) such as non-governmental organizations that have been licensed by law to perform their activities in the Sultanate and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (20) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the domain (.museum.om), the applicant shall be a governmental entity that owns or runs a museum, or a private entity that has been licensed by the competent authorities in the Sultanate to own or run a museum, and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (21) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that:

To register a domain name under the domain (.pro.om), the applicant shall be a professional union or association such as the associations of doctors, lawyers and engineers, or a member in such associations that are licensed by law to practice their activities in the Sultanate, and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Article (22) of chapter 3 of the Decision states that: 

To register a domain name under the domain (med.om), the applicant shall be a governmental or private health institution such as hospitals, medical clinics, radiology centers and laboratories that is licensed by law to practice its activities in the Sultanate and shall meet the terms stated in the agreement form of the Registrar-Registrant Agreement.

Based on the provisions of the Articles above one can conclude personal registration of domain names is not allowed.

Proposal

TRA intends to allow the personal registration of domain names. Personal registration of domain names can be either:

  • Registration method: Registration of domain names with personal names like yourname.om or yourname-yourtribename.om.

TRA view: Registration of domain names with personal names will result with identity identification problems even if the registration will be on first come first served basis because the domain name yourname-yourtribename.om hundred people can claim for it and if it given to one of the hundred then this will confuse the public as which identity is the owner of the domain name. this will cause lots of confusion and problems in the future.

  • Registration method: Registration of domain names with names other than personal names under .om directly.

TRA view: opening of registration of personal domain names directly under the .om for any name can result on lots of copyrighted infringements cases. As one can register any domain name he/she wish without any restriction.

  • Registration method: Registration of domain names with names other than personal names under .name extension.

TRA view: opening of registration of personal domain names under .name with names other than personal names is the most suitable registration method in TRA views.

Public consultation views requested

TRA requests public views on the proposal above in particular what is the best registration method should TRA adopt and why.

What are the registration conditions that can be set in order to be eligible to register personal domain name.

All views will be taken in to considerations. However, TRA reserve its right to implement what is suitable.

All views should be submitted no later than 1st July 2013 to the following addresses:

  • Email: dnsadmin@tra.gov.om
  • Via mail: P. O. Box 579, Ruwi Postal Code: 112 Sultanate of Oman
  • TRA physical address: Qurum, Oman Oil Company Building – Second Floor

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