As per the latest update from ICANN, all Net4 India Domain Registrants will be transferred to another registrar within the next couple of weeks.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on dated 28th April 2021, that has begun the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (DARTP) to enable the successful transition of domain names currently registered with Net 4 India Limited (IANA 1007) to an ICANN-accredited registrar that can appropriately serve registrants.
On dated 26th February 2021, ICANN had announced that Net4 India’s registrar accreditation agreement (RAA) will be terminated on 13th March 2021, because of multiple complaints against the Net4 India registrar, but the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) stayed this termination after Net 4 India’s appeal. The stay was finally lifted on April 27, allowing ICANN to initiate the next step.
This action follows the effective termination of Net 4 India Limited’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), which was delayed for a time due to insolvency proceedings in India relating to Net 4 India Limited.
Net4 India has been shut down their operation because of bankruptcy proceedings. Most of their customers are struggling to renew or transfer their domains due to the recent insolvency proceedings. Larger companies like Maruti Suzuki were able to appeal with the NCLT and get their domains migrated to another registrar, but smaller companies were left with no reprieve. On April 15, multiple people complained that their websites registered with Net4 India went offline without prior notice. On April 18, ICANN filed an affidavit with the NCLT asking them to take action soon to protect users. The affidavit mentioned complaints against Net4 India by large entities like Delhi Metro, Power Grid Corporation of India, the Bharti group, and Punjab National Bank. It also stated that ICANN received 2,400 new complaints between April 14-16 regarding Net 4 India’s failure to provide services.
Then on April 20, ICANN once again appeared before the Court to emphasize the gravity of the situation and was finally able to get the order lifted on April 27.
ICANN is initiating the DARTP process to identify and select a gaining registrar(s) as quickly as possible which will support former Net4 India registrants with the renewal, transfer, and management of their domain names. It expects to identify this registrar within the next two weeks and will list it on the Bulk Transfers page. The new registrar will notify registrants once the transfers have been completed and provide them with information on how to access and maintain their domain registrations. ICANN stated that there is no cost to registrants for this transfer.
Exceptions to this process: ICANN stated that domains registered with Net4 India’s reseller services are not part of DARTP. Domains registered under country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), such as .in domains, will also not be able to participate in the bulk transfer process because ICANN doesn’t set policy for these domains.
Note that last October, the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) announced that .in domains under Net 4 India wouldn’t expire and registrants will be provided with a facility to transfer their domains manually to a different registrar. NIXI said that it had put out ads in newspapers to make .in registrants aware of the ability to get their domain names transferred to a different registrar and as of March end, NIXI solved the issues of 17,000 Net 4 India customers, but 56,000 people have not asked for any help yet.
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