In Belgium, the body that manages the domain names with the extensions ".be", ".brussels" and ".vlaanderen" is DNS Belgium while Combell Group nv/sa manages the extension ".gent".
These are registries. As previously mentioned however, registries are not directly accessible. A company that wishes to register a domain name must use an intermediary, a service provider.
Consequently, the registrant (the person who is requesting the domain name and then becomes the holder of this domain name) will contact:
- either a registering agent (a registrar), a body accredited by the registries to register and distribute domain names;
- or a reseller which resells domain names. Resellers provide a variety of services to registrants. They can act as a market place, brokers or negotiators.
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