.RW represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Rwanda. This ccTLD was introduced in 1996 and was intended for entities affiliated with Rwanda and for entities wishing to use the domain according to the policies of RICTA (Rwanda Information & Communication Technology Association). RICTA is the authorized agency for carrying out .RW registry while Marcaria.com is a registrar where applications for .RW domains are processed.
RW also stands for: read-write, real world, road warrior, royal wedding, round-the-world (airfare/travel), retail-wholesale, red wine, rotary wing, runway, rewrite, random walk, right of way, revolutionary way, reaction wheel, resistance wielding, race walk, and many more.
There is no special process needed to register a .RW domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
Entities connected with Rwanda
A .rw is the country code domain name for Rwanda.
A .rw domain can be used by anyone inside or outside of Rwanda, but it is meant primarily for people who live in the same country as the registry managing the namespace.
You can use a Rwandan domain name to show your affiliation to that country, which might help you connect with other Rwandan nationals in your audience.
RICTA (Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance) is the governing entity for Rwanda ccTLDs (.rw). It is mandated by the Rwandan government to oversee the assignment of domain names in Rwanda.
It is important to understand the purpose of your site and how it relates to people who reside in Rwanda when choosing a .rw domain name. This will help you connect better with your target audience.
In addition, make sure to avoid choosing a Google penalty-prone .rw domain name.
Some common subdomains for .rw domain are:
.com.rw - This is a popular domain for Rwandan businesses because it is less expensive than other TLDs.
.ac.rw - This extension is meant for academic institutions in Rwanda.
.gov.rw - This domain is designated for government purposes only, so if you want to use it you must be part of the Rwandan government or have permission from them to use it.
.net.rw - This extension is for Rwandan Internet service providers (ISPs) and web hosting companies that cater to Rwanda customers.
.or.rw - This extension is used by organizations that promote cultural activities in Rwanda, such as art exhibitions or concerts.
.int.rw - This TLD is for use by members of the United Nations and its international organizations, as well as Rwandan embassies and consulates.
Yes, you can. But you must have a local contact person in Rwanda who will be responsible for the domain name if something happens to it. This is meant to make sure that Rwandan citizens are always able to access websites registered in their country.
For businesses, this contact person will need to be a member of your company who is already situated in Rwanda. Alternatively, you can hire a local agent in Rwanda to handle the domain name.
Before registering your Rwandan domain name, you'll need to prove that you are eligible to register the domain by having an administrative contact within Rwanda.
You will need to provide the following documents:
1. A letter from your local ISP confirming that you have used the ISP's services for at least six months.
2. A copy of your passport or ID card.
3. Proof that you have paid all Rwandan taxes and social security for the past two years if you are a business entity located outside Rwanda, such as an Internet company with headquarters in another country.
.rw domain names cost $46 per year, with a local server in Rwanda required for renewal and DNS management. However, this pricing may change depending on which registrar you choose.