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Ficora introduces new registry-registrar model for .fi-domain names.

After the 5 September 2016, Ficora (Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority) will change to a new registry-registrar model, which allows anyone to registar a .fi domain now. Furthermore, your registrar is responsible for all .fi domain names and related relationships and services. FICORA continues to be responsible for the technical operation of fi-domain names and will supervise and guarantee that registrars offering fi-domain name services provide the highest quality of service.

Timetable for the change of operational model

  • On 2 September 2016 at 4:15 p.m. (EEST: UTC+3) all the user accounts in the current domain name service will be closed.
  • On 5 September 2016 at 10 a.m. (EEST: UTC+3) the new domain name service will open for registrars that have registered.
  • On 7 September 2016 at 10 a.m. (EEST: UTC+3) the domain names that are forbidden by the Domain Name Act will be released.

What will change?

  • Each domain name holder must have their own registrar.
  • Only the registrar can enter domain names into FICORA's domain name register on behalf of its customers, make changes to domain names and must submit a registration to FICORA.
  • Registrar will be new point of contact for all .fi domain services: applying, renewing, transferring, switching registrars, terminating, and updating details.
  • Everyone can apply for domain names
    • Removal of local presence requirement
      • Foreign private persons and companies can be users of .fi domain names, and the age limit of 15 years is removed.
    • In the new model, everyone can apply for combinations of first and last names (firstnamelastname.fi).
  • It is no longer possible to register or modify fi-domain names via FICORA.

What will remain?

  • FICORA maintains the register of domain names ending with .fi and supervises the fi-domain name registrars' operations.
  • FICORA continues to maintain the domain name register and the domain name system for the fi-root. The protection of trademarks and business names also remains the same.
  • FICORA continues to resolve disputes free of charge at the request of right holders.
  • The fi-domain name remains a safe and reliable Finnish choice.

Ascio support

For existing partners Ascio will remain being your registrar offering registrations, renewals, transfers, name server and contact changes. Please contact your Account Manager or please contact sales@ascio.com, if you like to submit your .fi orders or hear more about the new .fi registry-registrar model.

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