LACTLD shares the histories of its associate members that were included in the 20th Anniversary Publication. In this article, we present the historical review of .EC.
In 2001, Mr. Garry Donoghue bought the .EC top-level domain from Ecuanet, a company that, at that time, belonged to the Banco del Pacífico. Back then, only the first steps regarding the development of the Internet were being taken in Ecuador. This first progress happened after the public authorities set up the technological infrastructure needed.
During the following years, NIC .EC supported several different public initiatives that took place in the digital and technological sphere. Many private Ecuadorian companies started to choose .EC as an option for their domain names, in particular when the national government entities started to use .GOB.EC. This way, with the provision of domain names, the .EC became part of the Latin American and global structure that was building up around this industry.
Approximately four years ago, the NIC .EC felt the need to expand its horizons, since the pervasiveness of the Internet in Ecuador was skyrocketing. This need for expansion was consistent with the efforts of the national government that sought to implement the Internet as a tool for the improvement of the socioeconomic panorama in Ecuador.
While NIC .EC has kept, from the beginning, the provision of .EC domains as its main task, now it also offers the complements necessary for all the Ecuadorians to have the opportunity to develop their digital identity, and the identity of their businesses and personal and professional brands. With this purpose at heart, many associations have been established with international providers in relation to web development, web-hosting services, payment gateways, and so on. NIC .EC aims at introducing Ecuador into the Digital Era, apart from offering its technological support to all citizens, both privately and in tandem with the Ecuadorian government. These efforts are meant to encourage the culture, employment, economy and education in Ecuador.
*The original history is included in the LACTLD 20th Anniversary Publication.