The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) operates and manages the .IN ccTLD registry. Late last year, the organization announced that Neustar would provide back-end registry services for the .IN ccTLD. NIXI and Neustar launched the TransitionSupport.in website to provide details about the move to Neustar.
In a tweet late last night, Neustar shared a link to an article that has specific details about the transition timeline and the impacts it will have on domain registrants who own .IN domain names:
Mark your calendars! .IN Registry Transition set for 28 February. Read more about the timeline and an important update on the temporary cut-off period now:https://t.co/Z99DvEAXQt #dotIN @inregistry #inregistry pic.twitter.com/JAaFEA8PT3
— Neustar TLDs (@NeustarTLDs) February 7, 2019
I would imagine this transition will be fairly seamless for registrants, but there will be a short period of time when the registration, transfer, deletion, and updating of.IN domain names will be impacted by the change. The article makes it clear that websites operating on .IN domain names won’t be impacted – just registry related updates.
Here are the key details from the article:
“As part of this process, there will be a short, temporary maintenance period to allow the transition to occur. What does this mean? Well, for a maximum period of 48 hours from 00:00 (IST) 28 Feb to 23:59 (IST) 1 March / 18:30 (UTC) 27 Feb to 18:29 (UTC) 1 March access to the .IN Registry will be unavailable. We expect the transition to complete much sooner than the allotted period, but during this time no new domains will be able to be created, and existing domains can’t be updated or deleted. It’s important to note that all DNS traffic will continue, which means there will be no impact to existing .IN websites or email addresses.”
If you are a domain investor that buys or sells .IN domain names, it’s probably a good idea to keep this in the back of your mind.