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CentralNic To Begin Launching New Domains From March 3

Fri, 28th Feb 2014 11:47

LONDON (Alliance News) - CentralNic Group PLC said Friday that it will begin launching its 25 uncontested new generic top-level domain names, including .bar, .college, .wiki and .xyz, starting from next week.

CentralNic said it also had 27 generic top-level domain applications that have passed initial evaluation from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which are now going through the process to resolve competition over the applications.

A top level domain name is the suffix of an internet address such as .com or .net which are designated to approved organisations by ICANN. ICANN has only allowed a relatively small number of domains until now, such as .com, .org and .gov, but following a change of rules governing domain names it is now allowing a plethora of new domains to go online.

The first launch will be .wiki, which will be available for registration to trademark holders on March 3, and to others May 8. This will be following by .xyz, available to trademark holders March 20 and others May 20.

CentralNic's remaining 23 uncontested domains are currently in the contracting process with ICANN, these include .bar, .college and .fans.

The company is currently battling over 24 further domains it has applied for, including .app, .blog, .mail and .news amongst others.

Shares in CentralNic were trading down 2.4% at 80.00 pence Friday morning.

By Hana Stewart-Smith; hanassmith@alliancenews.com; @HanaSSAllNews

Copyright © 2014 Alliance News Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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