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. bd Country Code Top Level Domain

1. What is a top level domain?

Top level domain is the rightmost part of a domain name. For example, .com, .edu, .net, .org, .gov, .mil, .info are some of the most commonly used top level domains.

2. Who assigns these top level domains?

Top level domains are assigned by the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN). It is a non-profit corporation formed to assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management. Previously this task was assigned to IANA (Internet Assigned Number Authority).

3. What is a ccTLD (Country code Top Level Domain)?

A Top Level Domain is assigned for every country to represent the country in the Internet world. For example .uk, .jp , .bd , .au are the ccTLD of United Kingdom, Japan, Bangladesh and Australia respectively. [ccTLD list] . A two letter country code specified by the ISO 3166-1 standard is used for this purpose.

4. Where can I get the application form?

Visit www.btcl.gov.bd or, www.btcl.net.bd and download the application form and a copy of agreement form. For details, Subscribers can contact the Administration and Co-ordination Division Office, BTCL, Mogbazar Telephone Bhaban, Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217.

5. Who controls the .bd domain?

Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, is the sponsoring organization of .bd ccTLD. Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTCL) has been delegated to maintain the registration service.

6. How can I register a domain under .bd?

Prescribed .bd domain Registration form and a .bd Agreement form must be filled up, signed and sent to The Office of the Divisional Engineer(Administration and Co-ordination), 5th Floor, Moghbazar Telephone Bhaban, Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217. A Demand Note will be issued, clearly mentioning the amount to be paid and the place of payment. One paid copy of the demand note must be returned to the same office to expedite the procedure. After receiving the paid copy, the registration will be completed.

7. Where can I get the application form?

Visit www.btcl.gov.bd or, www.btcl.net.bd to download the application form and a copy of agreement.

8. Can I apply online?

Can’t. Online application is not offered till now.

9. What are the charges?

Registration fee with Service charge for two years is 1500 Tk. Renewal fee from 3rd year is 800 Tk. per year. 15% VAT shall be applied for all case.

To get updated details visit the link http://www.btcl.gov.bd/rate/rate.htm and have a look at the Domain Registration (.bd).

10. Can I register a domain directly under .bd?

No, a domain directly under .bd is not allowed. For example “abc.bd” for a certain company “abc” is not allowed. But a domain of the form “abc.com.bd” or, “abc.net.bd” etc. is valid.

11. What are the available .bd sub domain?

Presently .com, .edu, .ac, .net, .gov, .org, .mil are available. But “.gov” and “.mil” are reserved for “Government” and “Defense” organizations respectively. Registration of domains under such categories should be initiated by concerned authority.

12. Is there any restriction in domain name selection?

You can select any name other than generic terms, name of professions, services, products, sports etc. as a domain name. For example, “Doctor”, “Lawyer”, “Rice”, “School” etc. are not acceptable. Any domain name offending our social practices, culture, religions, and respected personalities will not be accepted.

13. Do I get a free IP or, e-mail account with domain registration?

No, providing IP or, e-mail account is not relevant to domain registration service.

14. What is the technical information that I must provide to activate the domain?

To activate the domain name, you must provide the Names and IP addresses(In case of same domain) of Primary and Secondary Domain Name Server (DNS).

15. Why I must provide the name of at least one name server and its IP (In case of same domain)?

Domain names are held in a distributed database. Your “Domain Name Server” holds the name and IP address of all the machines in your domain. Whenever any machine in the internet tries to locate a machine in your domain, (that is under .bd domain), the request is first forwarded to .bd name server. The .bd name server then looks up the name of your domain’s name server in its database. Then it responds mentioning the name of your “Domain Name Server” as the ultimate authority to give that information. Your “Domain Name Server” is then queried about that machine and the IP address is obtained from it.

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