The .ke domain registry KeNIC has moved to harmonize the registration and renewal price of the third level .ke (such as .co.ke) and the second level .ke domain extensions.
The prices which affect Kenyan domain registrars will see the .ke going for KShs 2500 and the .co.ke domain at KShs 700 exclusive of VAT. This will be for both the renewal and the registration of the said domain names.
Previously, the third level .co.ke domain was sold to domain registrars in Kenya for KShs 560 and renewed at Khs 1000 (exclusive of VAT), making it less competitive to the .com domain which renews at a lower price. The second level .ke domain was offered to registrars at Kshs 5000 and renewed at the same price.
The new prices affect domain registrars in Kenya and could see an increase in uptake of the .ke domains, if these benefits are passed on to domain registrants.
Currently, there are over 102,000 domains registered with KeNIC, with 92% of those being the .co.ke domains.