Been back in beautiful FNQ (Far North Queensland) for a week now, and it’s great to be home. This photo is from the top of Castle Hill in Townsville (looking across to Magnetic Island) – and yes, we’ve had some rain!
This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy my travels. Far from it – it was absolutely wonderful to catch up with so many people that have some connection with domain names in Australia.
I’m off to Brisbane this time next week for a few days. Looking forward to meeting up with Frank Schilling and Heather Pierre from Uniregistry who are having a whirlwind introductory visit to Australia. They’ve potentially agreed to a podcast interview, so stay tuned for some exciting news.
The auDA Board meets tomorrow, and amongst other things on the agenda, the 2015 Names Panel Report will be discussed more fully. For those not aware, this deals with the issue of whether Australia should introduce direct registrations – e.g. being able to register Domainer.au.
I can’t imagine that the Board is simply going to approve or disapprove of the recommendations tomorrow. (But of course, I might be wrong). Good corporate governance and past auDA practices would probably suggest further investigation by a working group of Directors. Why? Because it is such a huge issue with potential ramifications for a lot of people.
Importantly though, as I understand it, the report will be published on the auDA website very soon. This way some good discussion can start! Having been a member of the Names Panel, I am aware of the contents of the report, but confidentiality restricts me from saying anything at this stage.
AusRegistry have recently published Edition 6 (February 2016) of BEHIND THE DOT. This looks at the “State of the .au Domain”. It is well worth a read as there are some excellent articles. The main emphasis this time around is on the important issue of security. AusRegistry are to be congratulated for highlighting this important theme.
Two other items I found interesting were “Under the microscope”; and the “Channel Talk”.
The first one (page 6) deals with the numbers of .au domains, and the trends. You don’t need to be “Blind Freddie” to see that there “ain’t much growth”. Though the registry makes a good effort to put some “spin” on the situation. 😉 I hope that the auDA Directors take good note of these stats when they are contemplating “doubling the size of our tiny market”.
The second one (page 19) gets some contributions from three registrars. They are asked to give their predictions for the .au namespace in 2016. I understand that this is a “registrar centric” publication, but in the interests of balance, I would urge the editor of “Behind The Dot” to also get opinions from large portfolio holders and domain investors. We are an important ingredient in the recipe!
I thought this contribution from Angelo Giuffrida (CEO, VentraIP Australia & Synergy Wholesale) was interesting. It certainly seems that he isn’t bullish on the growth prospects for .au.
“I believe that in 2016 there is going to be a small but noticeable contraction in the market due to two main driving factors”.
To read why he thinks this, have a look at page 19.
As always, I welcome your comments and thoughts.
Best wishes for your online success.