.ma

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.ma domain registration
NIC.ma
Introduced 1993
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Agence Nationale de Réglementation de Télécommunications
Sponsor Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications
Intended use Entities connected with  Morocco
Actual use Popular in  Morocco
Registration restrictions Must have a local contact
Structure Registrations are made directly at the second level or at third level beneath second-level categories
Documents Reglementation
Dispute policies Complaints and Claims
Registry Website registre.ma
المغرب.
NIC.ma
TLD type Internationalized country code top-level domain
Status Active
Actual use Only by ANRT itself as of Nov 2016

.ma is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Morocco (French: Maroc). A local registrar with a local Moroccan company as administrative contact is needed to register an .ma or .co.ma domain name. Further restrictions are imposed on the registering of other second-level domains (such as .net.ma or .gov.ma).

History[edit]

In 1993, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) approved a request for delegation of the .ma ccTLD for administrative and technical contact to Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs.

In 1995 the technical management of the .ma domain was taken over by Maroc Telecom is still the (not formal) technical maintainer.

On 12 May 2006 IANA redesignated the administrative and technical contact for the domain, and made ANRT (Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications) the only official registrar for the .ma ccTLD.[1]

Within some years the ANRT will request the market to bid on a "Technical maintainer" license which is valid for five years. The new party will get 12 months to implement a provisioning system based on Extensible Provisioning Protocol. Automatic provisioning of .ma domains cannot be expected until 2013.

March 2015 the ANRT takes official control of .ma and launches new automatic provisioning.

Practical information[edit]

  • Total hosts of .ma: 277,338 (2012)[2]
  • Total internet users in Morocco: 19,021,000 (2016)[2]
  • Total ADSL connection in Morocco: 550,000 (2007)[3]

Second-level domains[edit]

Registration can be done directly at the second level, or at the third level beneath these names:

  • المغرب.: Arabic Right-to-left TLD for Morocco, General use
  • .ma: General use
  • net.ma: Internet providers
  • ac.ma: Educational institutions
  • org.ma: Organizations
  • gov.ma: Governmental entities
  • press.ma: Press and publications
  • co.ma: Commercial entities

Second top-level domain[edit]

A second top-level domain will be used for Morocco intended for domain names in the local language using Arabic characters. The string المغرب. has been registered and approved for this purpose, and was delegated to Morocco in April 2011,[4]but it is not yet active (2015) and second level domains have not been granted yet.

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