An interview with Patrick Raimond, NIC.GP's CEO

17/02/2020

NIC.GP recently joined the LACTLD community as an associate member. We interviewed Patrick Raimond, CEO of Networking Technologies, the organization in charge of managing the .GP.

In this interview, Patrick describes how the ccTLD is organized and what are its main projects. Also, he tells us how .GP seeks to contribute to the collaboration and cooperation among LACTLD's members.

When was the ccTLD delegate? What was the entity that managed the ccTLD at that time?

The .gp TLD was delegated on October 1996. Since the delegation, Networking Technologies −based in Guadeloupe− has been the organization in charge of managing the ccTLD.

At that time, Networking Technologies was specialized in Novell LAN and WAN solutions. Nowadays, the company is providing consulting and is specialized in cybersecurity.

What registration model does the ccTLD have?

The current model is direct registry. Although registrars are considered direct customers, we have established favor business relations with them.

How is the NIC.GP team organized?

We are a team of four people: one person in charge of application development and database administration, one person in charge of network and systems supervision, and two persons in charge of the registry administration.

Does NIC.GP carry out other initiatives or projects in addition to the ccTLD management?

The main project we started months ago is the implementation of EPP to offer dedicated and automated connections with registrars.

Also, since the last meeting held in Puerto Rico (LACTLD Workshop for Caribbean ccTLDs) we understand the importance of setting DNSSEC. This will be the next challenge for us.

What do you think are the main topics, interests or contributions that Caribbean ccTLDs can bring to LACTLD?

Each Caribbean ccTLD has its own background hence each one can share its specific situation. As far as we are concerned, as an oversea state of France, we are used to implement rules imposed by the government. We can share with the LACTLD community the experiences we have drawn from that, such as in the case of the GDPR.

How do you think your participation at LACTLD and the collaboration between the ccTLDs of Latin America and the Caribbean will impact your work and functions at NIC.GP?

Feedback from the experiences of other ccTLDs is the main value for us. From LACTLD’s major registries, we can get the state-of-art; and from the small registries, especially the ones in the Caribbean, we can learn how they manage with few resources.

How do you think the coordination and collaboration between the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs can impact the development, security and stability of the Internet in the region?

Most ccTLDs in the region have already set up both technical solutions and processes to increase security and stability with success. It is up to us to implement these recommendations. Regarding Internet development, we are ready to support any local initiative within our means with the assistance of LACTLD.