AITI to implement new Registry – Registry domain name system for .BN domain name

27th September 2013 – A signing ceremony was held between Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and Alif Technologies Sdn Bhd for the Supply, Delivery, Design, Development, Implementation, Training, Commissioning, Deployment, Support and Maintenance of Network Infrastructure, Hardware and Software for a Registry-Registrar Domain Name System.
Haji Osman Bin Haji Ladis and Haji Jailani Bin Haji Buntar signed on behalf of AITI while Haji Mohd Arbi Bin Haji Abdul Hamid and Pg Mohd Sufian Bin Pg DP Hj Maidin signed on behalf of Alif Technologies.  The signing ceremony was witnessed by Yang Mulia Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI.

Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI witnessing the exchanging of documents between Haji Osman Bin Haji Ladis of AITI
and Haji Mohd Arbi Bin Haji Abdul Hamid of Alif Technologies

The signing and award to Alif Technologies Sdn Bhd for the implementation of the Registry-Registrar Domain Name System marked an important milestone towards AITI becoming the registry and administration for .BN Top Level Domain (TLD) name space in Brunei Darussalam.  AITI, through its subsidiary Brunei Network Information Centre Sdn Bhd (BNNIC), will become the registry for all domain names ending with .BN upon the completion of this project in March 2014. AITI embarked on this initiative in 2012 as the adoption of .BN domain names among local enterprises is relatively low. AITI believed that more can be done and is keen to play an active role in governing the registration of .BN domain names.  As a first step, AITI awarded the consultancy to develop the Domain Name Management Framework of .BN in Brunei Darussalam to IDA International (IDA-I) and Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) in April 2012. In Sep 2012, AITI conducted a public consultation and industry dialogue on the proposed Registry-Registrar Domain Name Model which is inline with international best practice.  The model will also allow the industry players to become accredited registrars for .BN domain names and the flexibility to offer other value added services besides domain name registration.  In this way, corporations, enterprises and small and medium businesses will have a choice of registrars (based on prices and value added services) to register .BN addresses.  Meanwhile, AITI, through BNNIC, will administer the policies and become the national registry governing the use of .BN domain names in Brunei Darussalam.  In the future when the implementation phase of this project is completed, BNNIC also hope to collaborate with registrars from the industry to actively promote the use of .BN for businesses, government agencies, learning institutions and non-government organisations such as charities and welfare entities.