.SX Domain Names Now Open to the World!
November 15, 2012
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – SX Registry is pleased to announce that as of November 15th, 2012, after successful Sunrise, Local Priority and Landrush periods, the .SX Registry opens to the whole world. As of 15:00 UTC (or 11:00 local Sint Maarten time), the General Availability phase begins which means that from now on, anyone from anywhere will be able to register a Domain Name within the .SX top level domain.
".SX" is the recently established country code Internet Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Sint Maarten (located in the northeastern Caribbean), which became an autonomous country on October 10th, 2010. This code will succeed the retiring .AN country code (Netherlands Antilles) that was previously used for Sint Maarten.
One of the distinguishing particularities of the .SX, is that it is an "open" registry like that of Germany (.DE), the US (.US) and Colombia (.CO). What this means is that anyone can register a Domain Name ending with .SX without any restriction or requirement for local presence on the Island.
As recently noted by SX Registry CEO, Normand Fortier, "We have been promoting this new extension at several international events, including all ICANN meetings, and have received tremendous positive response. Although it has been a long yet exciting two-year journey, we are thrilled to have successfully completed the Grandfather, Trademark Sunrise, Local Priority and Landrush phases. Thanks to our ever growing network of Accredited Registrars now covering all five continents, we are more than ready to welcome registrations for .SX Domains from all around the world."
LACTLD TECHNICAL WORKSHOP, Sint Maarten, 12-15 September, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
September 12, 2012
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - LACTLD is the Regional Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean ccTLDs (Country Code Top Level Domains).
As a LACTLD member, .SX Registry (Sint Maarten) is the host of this important event which is a unique opportunity for technical capacity building in the region with the support of the Internet Society (ISOC) and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
The LACTLD Technical Workshop deals with 3 topics which deal with essential security issues of registries. The first is Network Security Monitoring for Network Administrators.
This one – day course describes topical network security threats, attack vectors, actors, and motivations for conducting attacks with hands-on exercise. The second topic is Cyber Incident Management: CIM is a 2 day course which offers the latest in incident response and cyber defense tactics.
Course instructors for these two courses are Chris Evans and Adam Lange, two experts in network security. The third topic is about DNSSEC implementation in small-sized registries using the TPM Protocol. The instructor for DNSSEC, is engineer Luis Diego Espinoza from the ccTLD .cr
There are 9 ccTLDs participating in this workshop and 13 participants, mostly from Caribbean ccTLDs (.ai – Anguila, .cw - Curacao, .ht - Haiti, .gy - Guyana, .sx – Sint Maarten and .tt – Trinidad & Tobago) but also from Central America (.cr - Costa Rica and .pa - Panama) and Argentina (.ar).
32 Days to Launch Registration Local Phase .SX
August 22, 2012
Philipsburg – On September 22, 2012, SX Registry will officially launch the local Sint Maarten Priority Phase. This phase will be launched in two timeframes. The first timeframe is for companies only and will launch on September 22nd until Oct 6th. Companies registered at the Chamber of Commerce prior to January of 2012 are eligible. The second part will launch on October 7th and run till Oct 21st, and will give individuals the opportunity to register their domain name(s) and email(s). Individuals interested should have established their residency in Sint Maarten prior to January of 2012.
The local Sint Maarten Priority phase is to help companies and individuals from the island benefit from the .SX domain. Usage of a top level domain will affect how search engines will perceive your site, and will affect the amount of traffic you will receive, therefore Sint Maarten having her very own TLD will increase the interest for the island in the various industry via the world wide web. SX Registry’s objective is to promote the usage of .SX domains on a national and international level.
A sales force to finalize agreements with local Registrars is busy at the moment and the local registrars will be announced very soon in the coming weeks. This entails that local companies and soon individuals will be able to register their new domain(s) and email(s). Government and the business community is encouraged to take the necessary steps within their operations and secure their domain(s) and email(s) registered as .SX. for more information please visit www.Registry.sx
Last November 2011, St. Maarten launched its new top-level internet domain (TLD) .SX, becoming the only other country in the world with the same two letter code .SX and three letter airport code SXM. The other country is Mexico which is represented as .MX and airport code MEX. This has opened up many possibilities for the island in the internet industry. SX Registry is an open registry that markets on the open market making potential for revenue greater compared to closed registry.
The registry of the .SX top Level Domain (TLD) is managed by SX Registry SA. SX Registry promotes the usage and the registration of .SX domain names on a national and international level via attractive registrar packages and a dedicated marketing program. Truly global, the Registry is based on the island of Sint Maarten with technical operations performed by OpenRegistry.com in Canada and Luxembourg.
Sint Maarten (.SX) Becomes a New LACTLD Member
June 25, 2012
On June 25th, SX Registry which manages the .SX domain representing the country code of Sint Maarten officially joined Latin America and the Caribbean TLD Association during the 44th ICANN Meeting in Prague.
SX Registry's CEO, Normand Fortier stated that: "It was most important for Sint Maarten to join this association as Sint Maarten will now have an equal voice regarding Top Level Domain issues, along with Aruba, Curaçao and Anguilla who are already members. Most importantly, being part of the LACTLD will help us promote Sint Maarten's identity across the Internet."
Mr. Fortier signed the application which was formally accepted by the President of the Association, Eduardo Santoyo (.co – Colombia). Mr. Santoyo confirmed that: "Sint Maarten is now an official member of the Latin America and the Caribbean TLD association. We also hope to hold one of our association working meetings in Sint Maarten within the next few months." More information on this meeting will be available shortly.
LACTLD is a non-profit association now regrouping the ccTLDs of 27 different countries in its region. Its aim is to bring together the ccTLDs of Latin America and the Caribbean with the following objectives:
• Coordinate policies and promote strategies for the development of domain names in the region.
• Represent its members’ interests in different associations and international/regional forums.
• Promote the development of ccTLDs in the region.
• Foster cooperation and exchange among its members to guarantee stability in the operations of ccTLDs.
• Establish cooperation ties with analogous associations in the different regions.
Une nouvelle île sur le web : Sint Maarten
March 21, 2012
De l’indépendance au virtuel. L’île de Sint Maarten, penchant néerlandais de Saint Martin, a acquis en octobre 2010 son autonomie des Antilles hollandaises. Elle a ainsi hérité du suffixe .sx pour son extension internet et prépare donc son apparition virtuelle pour 2011, si tout se déroule pour le mieux. Naître sur internet en 2011 est finalement plus facile : les solutions sont rodées, les opérateurs en compétition, les protocoles validés : bref, le marché est mur et solide. C’est la raison pour laquelle, dans cette ambiance d’avant nouvelles extensions (voir d’avant xxx ?) , le .sx sera la première extension à gérer dés le premier nom de domaine Dnssec et le système de suspension rapide (URS) qui protègera les ayant-droits. Une clearinghouse complétera le dispositif de protection.
OpenRegistry wins .sx contract
February 16, 2012
Written by Emmanuel VALLANCE OpenRegistry, the recently formed registry services provider, has won its first top-level domain deal. The Benelux-based company has been signed up to provide the back-end registry for .sx, the country-code TLD newly assigned to Sint Maarten. The deal with Sint Maarten’s government will see the formation of a new company, SX Registry SA, a joint venture of OpenRegistry and MediaFusion, a Canadian registrar. MediaFusion’s president, Normand Fortier, will serve as CEO of the company.
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