The .cm launch was meant to be happening today. It’s not and instead I’m writing to say that it’s been delayed.

When will it launch?

We honestly don’t know.

COCCA, who run the backend registry services for .cm, have serious concerns about the technical stability of the .cm (Cameroon) nameservers, which is why they delayed the launch:

“The Go Live  of .CM set for 27th August 2009 ( 00:00:01 UTC ) has been postponed by CoCCA.

The servers under the control of Camtel require further testing.  Pulling the .cm Zones from the CoCCA Registry and loading them onto the .CM TLD servers is still not reliable enough at this point for CoCCA to approve the use of our system for processing second level .CM applications.

CoCCA provides the Register System but does not provide DNS services. The administrators of the various ccTLDs  that we host on our platform generally use Anycast technology and reliable third party DNS providers with whom with we have a close working relationship. This include UltraDNS, DynTLD and PCH  – all of which have proven and reliable DNS networks.

The .CM  DNS is managed by Camtel, – Cameroon’s Telecom company ( not SARL or CoCCA ).  CoCCA has been working with SARL who has in turn been working with the regulator in Cameroon to improve the reliability of the .CM DNS. These efforts are not sufficiently advanced for COCCA to be comfortable in assisting in bringing this product to the market for “Live” registrations.

We support the approach taken by Netcom.CM to go through a Sunrise and Landrush applications phase; and to discontinue the wildcard – therefore bringing a best-practice approach to the administration of the .CM ccTLD.

As a CoCCA registrar, you have a trusted relationship with us as your registry provider.  We  need to ensure that offerings made using our systems and technology are reliable enough for you to be confident when you extend those offerings to your valued clients. Unfortunately this is not the case at this time.  We hope the situation will change in the next few days”

As soon as we know more we’ll let you know.

Further information on the COCCA site

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