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2009 Domain Dunce Award: .CM Launch

December 30, 2009.cm, cocca, Domaining, Domainnamewire, kevin ham, UncategorizedComments Off on 2009 Domain Dunce Award: .CM Launch

A controversial “relaunch” goes awry.

.CM, the country code top level domain name for The Republic of Cameroon, has a storied history amongst domainers. Kevin Ham struck a deal to wildcard the domain name, sending lots of typo traffic of .com domain names his way. Ham, including his deal with Cameroon, was the subject of a cover story in the late Business 2.0 magazine.

This year Cameroon decided to open up .cm and offer it to individual registrants, and opted to auction off the best names, such as Sex.cm. What followed was an unqualified disaster.

First, it took longer than expected to get the registry set up due to a host of technical problems. As the go-live date neared, Council of Country Code Administrators Incorporated (CoCCA), which was to run the registry for .cm, continued to be concerned with .cm’s DNS. The DNS was to be run by Cameroon’s telecom company rather than an established player. Without CoCCA’s blessing to go live, Cameroon decided to run its own copy of the registry software.

Then the auctions occurred on NameJet. It looked like a big success as Sex.cm auctioned for $51,300 and Free.cm for $17,800. But then the bottom fell out. Bidders got cold feet as they lost confidence in .cm typo traffic as well as the registry as a whole. They backed out of their bids. Sex.cm ended up trading hands for only $21,700 (see comments, it actually sold for less) and Free.cm went for a dismal $310. Ouch.

With the delays and auction behind it, how’s .cm looking? I’m not confident. Your confidence erodes when a registry neglects to backup important billing files.


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More Problems for .CM Domain as Registry Loses Files

November 19, 2009.cm, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, NETCOMComments Off on More Problems for .CM Domain as Registry Loses Files

.Cm domain name registry NETCOM loses financial files.

NetCom .cmThe “relaunch” of Cameroon’s .cm domain name stuttered out of the gate after many technical difficulties. Apparently those problems continue, and it highlights one of the risks of buying certain country code domain names.

.Cm registry NETCOM has emailed its registrars informing them of data loss in its accounting systems, and admitting it didn’t have a data backup plan in place:

Dear Registrars,

our accounting system suffered a major problem, due to a power surge, which destroyed the harddrives. Unfortunately our accounting department didn’t backup the data properly before the incident.

We have sent the harddrives to a data recovery specialist, but we are unsure if the data can be restored and if so to what extend.

In order for us to get back on track quickly, we would highly appreciate if you could send us the invoice files as well as the domain detail files, which we have sent to you in the past.

Please send to [email address removed]

Your clients domain data has not been affected by this. We keep various backups of the domain and registrant data.

We like to thank your for your support in this matter.

Best regards,

Moustapha Saya Kaigama
CEO – Netcom.cm Sarl

.Cm’s launch was delayed after Council of Country Code Administrators (COCCA) felt the registry was not ready. To move ahead with the launch, NETCOM decided to run the registry software on its own software rather than with COCCA. .Cm registrants should hope that NETCOM actually has sufficient “various backups” in place for its registrant data.


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More Problems for .CM Domain as Registry Loses Files

November 19, 2009.cm, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, NETCOMComments Off on More Problems for .CM Domain as Registry Loses Files

.Cm domain name registry NETCOM loses financial files.

NetCom .cmThe “relaunch” of Cameroon’s .cm domain name stuttered out of the gate after many technical difficulties. Apparently those problems continue, and it highlights one of the risks of buying certain country code domain names.

.Cm registry NETCOM has emailed its registrars informing them of data loss in its accounting systems, and admitting it didn’t have a data backup plan in place:

Dear Registrars,

our accounting system suffered a major problem, due to a power surge, which destroyed the harddrives. Unfortunately our accounting department didn’t backup the data properly before the incident.

We have sent the harddrives to a data recovery specialist, but we are unsure if the data can be restored and if so to what extend.

In order for us to get back on track quickly, we would highly appreciate if you could send us the invoice files as well as the domain detail files, which we have sent to you in the past.

Please send to [email address removed]

Your clients domain data has not been affected by this. We keep various backups of the domain and registrant data.

We like to thank your for your support in this matter.

Best regards,

Moustapha Saya Kaigama
CEO – Netcom.cm Sarl

.Cm’s launch was delayed after Council of Country Code Administrators (COCCA) felt the registry was not ready. To move ahead with the launch, NETCOM decided to run the registry software on its own software rather than with COCCA. .Cm registrants should hope that NETCOM actually has sufficient “various backups” in place for its registrant data.


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