I'm not sure Giles. I guess everyone who regged them is hoping for interest from Chinese investors. They don't seem to be as reticent about the African extensions as the West. Nor about investing in Africa altogether.
There is one of my .rw I think I will build out myself once I get a better hang of WP.
Giles got a very good point about Rwanda's ccTLD being unstable, as I've never heard countries suddenly jacking up their registration price of a domain before. Good lesson to learn for everyone involved.
While I'm not a specific supporter of .rw ccTLD, but I'm all supportive of domainers holding ccTLD domains and diversifying their portfolio.
I am a happy owner of the domain vr.rw, and I'm happy for this one specific domain to be a long term investment of mine.
11.rw & jj.rw. I tend not to judge ccTLDs by the country they represent, the most popular ccTLDs don't necessarily come from the most popular or stable countries (.cc is the ccTLD of Cocos, an island with 600 people on it). I think short domains can be successful as long as registries keep this extension available for less than $20.
getting .rw at $20 reg fee is history. maybe to return maybe not. but any registrar that suspends domain regs overnite, does not help its buyers trust in it. I suppose at the end of day, the country of origin does matter in more ways than one.
I have a few .al domains with good reg/renewal fees (unless they up those too one day), and it may well be that those few .al will be the only cctld I'll ever go for. I am only interested in NN LL so that from start makes my shopping options very limited.
There is one good signal from .rw registry.
I received a mail from webspace.co.rw that they are negotiating hard with their registry to reduce price of domain names for .rw TLD.
They are about to reduce price for .co.rw to $33. Hope very soon we may get to see a drop down for .rw domains also. I think credit goes to the registrar for trying hard for price correction.
That sale was mine. And frankly I'm lucky to have gotten that considering the registry pulling .rw off the shelves. If a registrar doesn't start selling this for $17 again then .rw was a waste of an investment for all of us.