Nominet named EBERO provider for .NOWRUZ gTLD

9th July 2024

Nominet- the guardian of the .UK domain since 1996, has been confirmed by ICANN as the EBERO provider for the .NOWRUZ gTLD with immediate effect.

The EBERO or Emergency Back-End Registry Operator programme is activated when a registry operator requires assistance to sustain critical registry function.  The role of EBERO is to protect registrants and keep services online.

.NOWRUZ follows .DESI and .WED as the third gTLD under EBERO – all of which are currently under management by Nominet.  .NOWRUZ is the first EBERO transition to be completed with DNSSEC intact which was enabled by close co-operation with ICANN and the outgoing DNS provider. The UK registry is one of three ICANN approved EBERO providers worldwide that “meet stringent technical requirements and have demonstrated years or experience in operating domain name services, registration data directory services and extensible provisioning protocol services.”

David Carroll, Chief Customer Officer, Nominet said:

“It’s always hard seeing a registry business facing challenges that require the EBERO process, but we are pleased that Nominet is trusted at times like this to step in and ensure the impact on registrants and registrars is minimised.”