.BJ: Redelegation of the Benin ccTLD

The management of the geographical top level domain .BJ (ccTLD which designates not Beijing, but Benin) has been delegated to the l’Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste du Bénin (ARCEP), created in 2014.

In 2017, ARCEP launched a call for tenders for the selection of a registry operator for the .BJ top-level domain. After the evaluation of five applications, JENY SAS, an Internet service provider operating in Benin, was selected. An agreement was signed on July 14, 2018 between ARCEP and JENY under which it undertook to respect and enforce the following conditions:

  • the domain must be exploited in Benin, in particular by having its manager and administrative contact based in Benin;
  • the domain must be operated in a fair and equitable manner for all groups in the local Internet community;
  • the risks to the stability of the Internet addressing system must be taken into account, particularly as regards the functioning of existing identifiers.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority reported on June 7, 2019 (iana.org, June 7, 2019). The redelegation was approved by the Internet Corporation’s Board of Directors for Assigned Names and Numbers on June 23, 2019 (icann.org, June 23, 2019).

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