Completed and future developments in 2020-2021
January is a good time to look back at the past year and also shed light on future plans for 2021. Let me begin by saying that, despite the pandemic, last year was very successful for us and there is no denying that I am expecting even more from the New Year.
However, major changes are hidden within the system, such as the validation of e-mail addresses, integration with banks for automatic processing of payments, automated prepayment account balance management, along with electronic billing and the automatic archiving of unused objects. Worth mentioning is also approval by the Domain Disputes Committee to the updated solution for domain management, which until now required a lot of manual work.
Last year was a record year in terms of new registrations. While this is to be expected in the case of a fast-growing register such as ours, there is a remarkable difference between the results of last year and previous years – a surge in the number of registrations!
The year 2020 was also the first full year of the operation of the Auction Portal, with its reception being quite positive. By the way, we were also in the process of negotiating with the Polish register to introduce a similar solution; unfortunately, the world wide health crisis put the brakes on our plans. In any event, we will continue the development of the Auction Portal and see what happens with our portal export plans this year.
Perhaps the only thing that bothers me is that we could not implement the new authentication service. The aim is to remove the necessity to interface with and manage separately all kinds of electronic identification solutions, such as the ID card, Mobile ID, Smart ID as well as national and private sector solutions used by other countries, and to introduce a single solution – a single contract, a single interface, and many possibilities. We are striving to introduce the new authentication service in the first half of this year.
The authentication service also appears to be important for registrars of other countries where electronic IDs are not widely used. Making the required authentication easier for them would markedly improve the quality of data stored in the register. We are continuing to work on the validity check for new and existing data. We are planning to add controls to e-mails and to implement performance tests for name servers.
We intend to implement an English auction in the auction environment as well as after-market possibilities which have been called for by users on many occasions. The procedure for releasing domains will not change. However, we are planning to release a number of reserved domains and to introduce single-letter domains.
Also, a new registrars’ portal, with an improved interface and statistics, is planned to be launched this year. To this end, we have started the development of a new interface based on Rest.
In conclusion, there are a number of projects to be developed and your feedback on how to improve our electronic solutions is very much appreciated! Comment, send an e-mail, call us – all our channels are open, and all suggestions are welcome. We wish you a successful 2021!
If the sixth Internet Day, which was to take place in March last year, was not held due to the pandemic, then this year, the event will take place via a secure live broadcast. However, despite the changed circumstances, the idea of Internet Day still remains the same - to bring together those interested in the Estonian Internet community to contribute to the development of our Internet by discussing topical issues. The motto of this year's Internet Day is "Tomorrow's weather on the Internet."
It was 2018 when we first met with the Czech registry to discuss the option of adding eIDAS to our public-facing web interfaces with the goal of strengthening the identification of our registrants and contacts. We are both very active in developing our businesses, so the question came up on how to find resources to make this happen. Luckily the EU also believes it to be beneficial to promote eIDAS usage and made support measures available via its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) tool. The Czechs took the lead role and off we went!
Here’s a brief look back at the .ee registry in 2020 – how many domain names were ordered, how many were abandoned, and the dynamics of the registry over the past decade. By the way, do you know what the longest .ee domain registered in 2020 was?