African Domains: Burundi (.bi)
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The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.
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Once the domain is registered
All Burundian domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.
It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for Burundian domains.
Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another Burundian domain name registrar.
Has not had much use, despite liberal registration rules
.bi is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Burundi. First established in 1996, the domain has been operated by NIC.BI. The official sponsor for the domain is the Burundi National Centre of Information Technology.
The .bi domain registry runs a very liberal naming policy regarding domain name applications. Registrations are not limited to use within Burundi and are available to anyone. Companies registering a .bi domain do not have to have a local presence in the country. Companies that are deemed as "undesirable" by the NIC must register a domain name that represents the business.
There are only a few restrictions regarding the naming policy set by the Burundi NIC. Most importantly, the domain must not be considered vulgar or misleading by the NIC.
Normally domain names must be at least three characters in length. Should you contact the registry in advance, one or two character domains may be considered. At present, individuals and companies may register as many domain names as they desire.
It is frowned upon by the NIC to use the suffix for Burundi (.bi) as a way to mislead people. The Burundi NIC do not wish their TLD to be used in the same way as the .TV domain is regularly used to represent television. They insist that .bi is representative of Burundi and nothing else.
The NIC promotes the use of the .bi domain for local businesses and all governmental and non-governmental organisations. They also strongly encourage the .bi domain for all schools and educational institutions within Burundi.
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.
In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.
The registry site states that ".BI Registry has a rather liberal policy about domain names as soon as the domain name is in relation with the business name or one of its marks. The general principle is that a domain must reflect the truth." Registraions are open to anybody worldwide, but are not supposed to be registered or used for misleading purposes, though apparently no pre-screening is done to ensure this. The site also states that "We strongly discourage the use of suffixes of our country for misleading people. We remind that .bi stands for Republic of Burundi and for nothing else." This is apparently intended to discourage the "repurposing" of .bi a has been done with other ccTLDs (such as .tv for "television" and .la for Los Angeles), or the use in "domain hacks" where the TLD becomes part of a word or phrase (as in del.icio.us). Use of "bi" in the sense of bisexuality is likely the sort of thing they are aiming to prevent, though it is unclear whether there have been any actual uses of the ccTLD in this manner.
There does not seem to be very much use at all, either within or outside Burundi, despite the liberal registration policy. The nation's political and economic situation may at least in part account for the relatively low number of registered domains; Burundi is among the most impoverished nations on Earth.
.bi is one of the minority of ccTLDs which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICANN, something ICANN has attempted with limited success to get all ccTLD registries to do. The .bi registration agreement also subjects registrants to te UDRP dispute policy, but they do not appear to have contracted with WIPO to place disputes in this ccTLD under their panels' jurisdiction, and there is no indication in the registry site of any other adjudication body authorized to hear such disputes.
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