FYI: Zimbabwe top level domain (.zw)
A little birdie told me this story...
The PTC in Zimbabwe has recently introduced a new
'Internet backbone' in partnership with Sprint. Even if
the price isn't right, it does open up Internet access
considerably in Zim and is therefore to be encouraged.
The PTC is therefore setting itself up as 'the' upstream
provider within Zim, and being a large monopoly, it is
used to flexing its muscle.
With the PTC developing its' backbone, it decided it
should also be in control of the the .zw domain. Which
they got - for a few days.... because the PTC had
swamped someone at Internic (the Internet Police, as
another posting put it) with important looking official/
legal documents. He caved in, but on 'Appeal', .zw
was returned to its existing, perfectly capable
Which is not to say that the PTC is not capable of
running .zw - but it still needs to prove its abilities
before it bites off such large bits of cake. Abusing it's
big-organisation position is not the correct approach.
And if someone else is doing the job well, why change
a working system?
That was the situation a few weeks ago. I don't know
where things stand now.