The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday during a press conference at the TRA office that it has accredited the 5th accredited registrar for the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of (Sultanate of Oman (.om) and the Arabic domain of Sultanate of Oman.عمان). Sulieman Al Rawahi, responsible for managing the Domain Names Department, presented a summary of the domain names registration project and reviewed the TRA's efforts in promoting the internet domain names project and developing the procedures and regulations governing the registration in the project.
Al Rawahi said " the TRA by launching this project is aiming to reflect the Omani identity and promote the Arabic content, it also aims at providing better security for domain names information as registration is carried out by accredited registrars in the Sultanate ". Al Rawahi noted that TRA had accredited four registrars at the project launch and the first phase was dedicated to government, private and community institutions. Today TRA is adding a fifth registrar by accrediting Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) in order to enhance the competitive environment which will serve the growth of domain names market and e-commerce in the Sultanate, which in return serves in boosting the knowledge society. He added “domain names are the addresses of internet websites , and these names either are Latin letters or are written in languages or scripts which do not use the Latin alphabet such as Arabic."
The TRA is adopting a Registry-Registrar Model for registering domain names, through which private companies were accredited to compete and register domain names on behalf of the TRA .
The AGIP is joining the previously Accredited Registrars: Omantel, Ooredoo, Gulf CyberTech and Oman Data Park.
During the press conference, Mahmoud Lattouf TAG-Domains Executive Director, gave a presentation on AGIP and its willingness to register internet domain names, he also offered some incentives and features for the users who are willing to register through AGIP.