(Additional information was added to this article after its original publication.)
Are you one of the 450,000 customers that have registered over 1.2 million .ch domain names with Switch? If so, act now to ensure your domain names continue to be yours after 2015. On 1 January 2015, the new federal regulations on Internet domains in Switzerland (‘Verordnung über die Internet-Domains – VID’) will enter into effect, resulting in significant changes when it comes to the handling of Internet domain names in Switzerland.
Switch required to relinquish its domain registration and administration services
The current system originated during the ‘early days’ of the Internet (in Switzerland). Switch has served as a registry for the operation of the domain name database as well as the registrar for administration and registration of .ch domain names since 1990. With the passing of this new legislation, the federal government of Switzerland is now abolishing the company’s dual role. The basis for this is the aforementioned VID regulations, which the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has drawn up over the past few months. OFCOM has published an info page escribing this process. Furthermore, the latest infomail was given to explaining in detail how this separation process is to be undertaken. The VID is scheduled to be entered into effect by the Swiss Federal Council on 1 January 2015.
Switch will relinquish its role of domain registration and administration service, meaning that 450,000 customers will have to transfer a total of 1.2 million domain names to a Switch partner such as Hostpoint by the end of 2015 at the very latest. In future, these partners will manage the domain names and invoice customers directly for these domains instead of Switch.
Transfer your domains to Hostpoint today!
We recommend that you transfer your .ch domain names free of charge to Hostpoint now to avoid a hectic rush at the last minute. Not only that, but you’ll sidestep the potential deluge of customers descending on Switch and its partners next year. In other words, no unexpected call queues for you. Finally, you won’t lose any money – as part of the transfer, Hostpoint will credit you for the balance of the subscription term already paid to Switch.
We should also mention that you can even transfer your domain names to us if you are not already a Hostpoint customer. In doing so, you will immediately reap the benefits of our outstanding service and support.
Domain transfers made easy – for new customers too!
A domain transfer sounds more complicated than it actually is. Regardless of whether you are an existing Hostpoint customer or have recently opted to go with us, it takes just a few minutes to secure a spot for your domain name.
Both new and existing customers can use our transfer page to easily move your domains over to Hostpoint in just three steps.
If you are already a Hostpoint customer, your Control Panel includes an additional option. In the the Control Panel, go to the ‘Domains’ page, where you will see a list of all .ch domains that you have not yet transferred to Hostpoint. With just a few clicks, you can automatically transfer these domains to Hostpoint.
And it’s good to know that your domain names will be transferred entirely in the background. Your websites will remain online during the transfer, and your e-mail service won’t be interrupted either since Hostpoint automatically uses the name server registered with Switch.
Should you still have any unanswered questions, feel free to contact our support team by calling +41 0844 04 04 04 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.