.zm is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Zambia. Registrants of .zm domains must "have a presence in Zambia".[2]

.zm
Introduced1994
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryZambia Information and Communications Technology Authority
Intended useEntities connected with
 Zambia
Actual useGets some use in Zambia, although .com is more widely used.
Registration restrictionsLegal entities with a presence in Zambia.
StructureRegistrations are made at the third level beneath established sub-domains; registered ISPs can register at the second level, although there are some unexplained exceptions to this rule.[1]
Registry websiteZICTA

Second-level domainsEdit

Registrants are required to register domains at the third level under an existing second-level domain (SLD). There are eleven second-level domains:[3]

  • ac.zm: Academic institutions
  • biz.zm: Businesses
  • co.zm: Commercial entities
  • com.zm: Commercial entities
  • edu.zm: Academic institutions
  • gov.zm: Government
  • info.zm: "Information"
  • mil.zm: Zambian military
  • net.zm: Networks
  • org.zm: Non-commercial organizations
  • sch.zm: Schools

The designations above are assumed based on observed practices and standard conventions, as ZICTA (the ccTLD registry) do not maintain online documentation codifying this. Most entities will generally register either a .co.zm or .org.zm domain, if they choose to use the ccTLD rather than a generic top-level domain.

The one documented exception to the requirement to register at the third level is that "registered ISPs"[2] may register at the second level—e.g., zamnet.zm. However, there are several undocumented variances to this rule—e.g., the Bank of Zambia's domain is boz.zm, and the regulator (ZICTA) operates under zicta.zm.

RegistrarsEdit

ISPs are required to be registered with ZICTA,[2] and only registered ISPs may be accredited as registrars. ZICTA lists ISPs on their website.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bank of Zambia". Bank of Zambia. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Domain Name Registration Form" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. ^ "Hosting and domain rates § Domains". NinerNet Communications. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "List of Internet Services Providers". Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority. ZICTA. Retrieved 17 May 2020.

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