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 Wednesday, 29th February 2012, 14:02:47

Wales to receive new domain names

Wales to receive new domain names

Registry Nominet is planning to take forward the application for a Top Level Domain (TLD) for Wales.

The company, which is entrusted with the management of the .uk internet namespace, is going to apply to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for two different TDLs - .wales and .cymru.

ICANN is responsible for evalauating the applications of communities, cities and brands who want their own domain names on the internet.

Currently, the body is receiving a surge in applications, thanks to recent changes in legislation.

While previously, there were only 22 TLgD (Top Level generic Domains) including .com, .org and .net, it is now possible to apply for an almost infinite number of possible web addresses.

This is likely to have a notable impact on the e-commerce market, as companies rush to register names like .nike.

The .uk registry is the fourth largest in the world, and it is hoped that .wales and .cymru will help Wales in becoming a more dominant global web presence.

Glenn Hayward, director of finance and business development of Nominet, said: "This is a big opportunity for Cymru /Wales to define its space on the internet and maximise the distinct identity of the country in both languages – so we will apply for both .cymru and .wales domains.

"We are confident that our proposed model will position Wales at the forefront of the digital world, by creating trusted high quality domains that provide a clear signpost to all aspects of Welsh society.

"It will provide consumers and businesses with an opportunity to express their identity and pride through a dedicated online space," he added.

Mr Haywood's statement was echoed by Ieuan Evans, the chairman of the Nominet Wales Advisory group, who has called on the Welsh community for support in backing the bid.

Posted by Kevin Jenson

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