The ccTLD for Cape Verde has a new technical manager and might be about to liberalize and standardize its registration process to make it more accessible to foreign registrants.
ARME, the local government regulator and .cv’s sponsor, said it has signed a five-year-contract with WhoGoHost, a Nigerian hosting company and ICANN-accredited registrar, to manage the TLD.
From the announcement, machine-translated from Portuguese, it appears that WhoGoHost will migrate .cv to a new registration system and manage the domain as part of the government’s digital globalization strategy.
CV of course stands for “curriculum vitae” in Anglophone countries, so there could be a market for .cv domains elsewhere in the world.
.cv domains currently cost the Cape Verdean Escudo equivalent of about $10 a year from the current registry, but registrars selling internationally typically charge over $150 due to it being a largely manual process.
The registry and registrars say that the TLD is currently limited to trademark owners. The registration process can take days to months. It’s believed to have only a few thousand domains under management.
The smart thing to do, to increase visibility and accessibility internationally, would be to dump the reg restrictions and switch to a standardized EPP back-end, enabling registrars to plug in relatively simply.
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese island colony off the coast of West Africa. It has a population of about half a million.