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.CM Enters Open Registration as of August 1

Open registration for .CM, the ccTLD for Cameroon, opened on August 1st, 2009, at 0:00:01 UTC. At this point .cm domains can be registered on a first come first served basis with a minimum registration period of one year – here is the link directly to the .CM page for those interested:

Important information about the landrush auction system for those who registered domains in the Landrush period that ended July 31: Sarl has selected as it’s exclusive partner for the landrush auction of .CM domain names. The landrush for .CM second level domains started on 15th of July 2009 at 0:00:01 UTC, and ended on 31st of July 2009 at 0:00:01 UTC.

In cases where there are more than one application for a certain .CM domain name, the domain will go into the auction system on, who will create accounts for the registrants concerned and inform them via email.

Auction participants will be able to bid with “Proxy Bids,” which allows the system to automatically place bids on your behalf up to your desired Max Bid amount. Auctions are extended 5 minutes every time an auction participant submits a bid within the last 5 minutes. The minimum bid starts at $50 and the minimum bid increment is $10 until the bid amount reaches $1,000. At the $1,000 level, the minimum bid increment will increase to $100.

The auction price will come on top of the registration fee charged by each registrar. The registrar will not be responsible for collecting the auction fees, this will be handled by NameJet. The registrar is however responsible for collecting the registration fees from the winning bidder.

The first landrush auction will be held on the 4th of August and will last 3 days. If you want clarification or more information, you’re welcome to call our support staff.