|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|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|
.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).
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.
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.
- Total hosts of .ma: 277,338 (2012)
- Total internet users in Morocco: 13,213,000 (2009)
- Total ADSL connection in Morocco: 550,000 (2007)
Registration can be done directly at the second level, or at the third level beneath these names:
- .ma: General use
- net.ma: Internet providers
- ac.ma: educational institutions
- org.ma: organizations
- gov.ma: governmental entities
- press.ma: the press and publications
- co.ma: commercial entities
Second top-level domain
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, but it is not yet active (April 2011) and lower level domains have not been granted yet.
- "IANA Report on the Redelegation of the .MA Top-Level Domain". Retrieved 2008-05-03.
- "The CIA World Factbook (2012)".
- "ANALYSE DE L’EVOLUTION DU SECTEUR DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS POUR L’ANNEE 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-03.
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