.ch internet domain names

Technical management of the .ch domain in relation to the global internet domain name system is provided by SWITCH after the Foundation won the public tender which was launched in April 2016. Since the entry into force of the Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI) in 2015, SWITCH can no longer offer registration of a .ch domain name directly to end customers.

In April 2016, OFCOM launched a public invitation to tender to award the management mandate for .ch domain names. (registry function from mid-2017). SWITCH submitted the best bid and as a result was awarded the mandate.

Following the entry into force of the Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID) at the beginning of 2015, SWITCH has had to restrict itself to providing technical management of the .ch domain in relation to the global internet domain name system. The Foundation cannot therefore directly offer its end customers registration of a .ch domain name.

Registry and Registrar functions

The registry function consists of collecting the registration information about individual domain names necessary for the Domain Name System (DNS) in a central database and publishing it in the "Internet zone file". Through the entry in the "Internet zone file",
services and applications (internet websites, e-mail) can be identified via the domain names and are therefore made accessible worldwide to internet users. The registry therefore operates and maintains a database in which all domain names with a particular extension such as .com, .net, .ch, etc. are grouped together.

Registrars are official providers of domain names and offer their services to end customers. Registrars are contractually and operationally linked to the registry. Separation of the registry and registrar functions has become widespread as the current model in the management of top-level (ccTLD and gTLD) domains.

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Last modification 16.07.2016

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