(Abstract from the registry operator business plan)


D13.2.1. Services to be provided. A full description of the registry services to be provided.


Most of the internet users see and use domains different from the perception of the internet professionals. As an example for many of them is a domain, they don't want to care about 3rd level, name serves and other technical matters. Our aim is to make the usage of the DNS simple for the majority of users without loosing the options for the educated ones. To achieve this goal, the Netbay registry will offer the following set of services and options :


1.       The registry database, using Informix, a well known DB-System, containing data about

·         Domains

·         Contacts ( holder, admin-c , tech-c )

·         Name servers

·         Accredited registrars

·         accounting

2.       an email-interface for registrars, allowing them to interact directly with the registry DB and perform all needed command with PGP / GPG signed emails.

3.       An interface with an own protocol for registrars as alternative to the email-interface establishing an SSL connection between registrar and registry

4.       WHOIS for public allowing everybody to query for information

5.       Bulk - WHOIS for special purposes with restricted policy for the usage

6.       Nameservice - the registry will operate all needed tld-nameserves directly thus

·         Creating the zone-file from the DB

·         Distributing the zone-files to the tld-name servers

·         Keep the TLD-name servers in synchrony

In the first phase it is planned to run tld-name servers in North America, Asia, Europe

7.       Nameservice for 3rd and higher level domains ( example www.sld.tld ) . As explained before, many users want to have a service which includes that technical detail. That has the additional advantage of lowering the number of so called lame-delegations.

8.       Operation of a specialized web-based-search-tool for public

Together with the registration, registrant will be able to categorize them self by answering predefined questions like

·         Geographic area of activities

·         Corporations, corporations branch, professionals

·         Type of financial offer or service

·         Language spoken

·         Individual statements / comments

·         Place for pictures, symbols

·         Links to other web-sides


A web-bases search-tool in 7 languages, the 6 official UN languages

·         English

·         French

·         Russian

·         Spanish

·         Arabic

·         Chinese

·         German ( not UN official language )

will be available to public for query.

-          The result will show the matching entries.

-          A list of already taken domains will be available

9.       Help desk for registrars (24/7)

10.   Domain name monitoring - customer will be notified if a domain which contains his sld is being registered

·         Within these TLD

·         Among other TLD

11.   Creation and maintenance of 3rd and higher level domains - thus allowing independent agents of big corporations to use identifiers related to them ( example agent.corporation.fin )

12.   Certificates of the registering will be send to the owner by registered letter

13.   Special protection of data (when important date is changed)

·         Notification of admin-c by email

·         Notification of admin-c by fax

·         Request for confirmation

14.   Clearing for disputes between

·         Registrars an registrars

·         Registrants and registrars




(Abstract from the registry operator business plan)



D13.2.3. Market. Market definition, size, demand, accessibility.





Registrant market definitions

There is a need for a new definition. This definition must be large enough to take into account the new convergence of the financial industry especially the many overlapping areas of insurance and banking. This definition must be strict enough to clearly distinguish the financial community from the commercial world.

Our new definition of the registrant market will allow new financial intermediaries to be recognized as members of the .finance community

The new definition of the finance communities will encompass the old definition and will offer new intermediaries such as price comparators, new financial products and sites that deals with exclusively the financial issues, e-brokers, insurance…


Registrar market definition

Potential registrars are the already ICANN certified registrars (operational or about to be operational) and will be enlarged by the arrival of many country code registrars (members of CORE). According to the TLD policies only certain registrars presenting sufficient credential will be accredited to be .fin registrars. They will have to comply with a set of procedures that will be annually audited by the sponsoring organization.


Registrant market

Financial institutions worldwide are evaluated at least 1 million. Financial community may be split into 5 main activities: banking, securities and brokers, insurance, combined real estate in the private sector and regulation in public sector.


Registrar market


They are currently 128 ICANN registrars all over the world, with the appearance of new TLD and the filing of currently operating country code registrars and of the biggest affiliates, we can estimate the market size to be 250 by the end of 2003.


Registrant demand

Financial activities and the net[1] : the number of Internet users of online financial sites should grow by around 100% in the next five years.

Financial sites include online banking, mortgage, insurance and investment sites.

Financial activity is one of the “natural” use of the Internet.
After a slow start, the number of customers of online financial sites is showing spectacular growth: projected figures by 2004

Internet-based financial retailing has been slow to catch on for many reasons, but now they are expected to develop faster. Online banking users in the world are estimated to 50 million persons and financial services users close to 30 million. Both markets should grow by more than 100% in the next five year.


Market study

·         Size of the market of second and third level names

The size of the market of financial institutions is 1 million by now and will be around 1.25 million by 2004.

A very cautious benchmark for the size of the market of third level names is 1.4 times the size of market of financial institutions, that is 1.4 million by now and 1.7 million by 2004.

·         Why would financial institutions become .fin registrants instead of becoming or staying .com registrants?

The growth of the online financial market will lead traditional financial institution to develop online services.

.fin will ease the research and the knowledge of financial services on the web.

A new restricted TLD such as .finance will probably not compete with .com market.


Registrant demand drives registrar demand

·         Survey on registrar panel

According to our survey, registrars are likely to join any new program for new TLD delivery. The more interesting population will be the .com, .net, .org registrars.

·         Adhesion to SO regulation

The ability of currently certified ICANN registrants to handle change of ownership upon domain name with manual checking enable them to do the manual checking requested by .fin registration. The simplicity of the registration rule will not impact their current way of doing business. We can expect a large adhesion to .fin registration process.




(Abstract from the registry operator business plan)




D15.2.7. Data escrow and backup. Frequency and procedures for backup of data. Describe hardware and systems used, data format, identity of escrow agents, procedures for retrieval of data/rebuild of database, etc.


It should be noted that the system will use RAID-Storage with full redundancy. Additionally there will be:

·         daily backup on 2 tapes (one copy at the location of the production environment, 2nd at the programming side)

·         weekly backup on CD, to be used as escrow at an appropriate deposit


Recovery-procedure will be tested at random.


[1] Figures sources: Datamonitor, JP-Morgan The Economist, IDC Research