Welsh web domains .cymru and .wales get green light

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Two new top level web domains that will appeal to those with a Welsh connection have been given the go-ahead, with .cymru and .wales set to launch in September.

Nominet, the organisation responsible for web domains in the UK, said it had received approval from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to begin offering the addresses.

This will allow businesses, organisations and charities that have a connection with Wales to purchase a domain that helps fit with their heritage, Nominet said.

A phased launch of the new addresses will begin on 1 September, with owners of registered trademarks able to register their interest first for addresses using their trademark and the Welsh domains.

After that other organisations and brands that want a domain will be able to apply via Nominet. The final phase will see the addresses open up to everybody from 1 Match 2015.

First minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones, has been a vocal supporter of this move, claiming it will help the nation further stand out in the online market.

“The new domain names create a fantastic opportunity for Wales that support development of businesses, communities and the Welsh language online,” he said. “It means we could use the top level domain names to establish a strong online presence, which truly reflects our national identity.”

The move follows the availability of other new top level domain names such as .London, which went live in April and has been adopted by West Ham United football club and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Welsh resident will no doubt be pleased to see the new domains once they start rolling out, but will also hope that their frustration with slow broadband speeds are addressed, after a report found one street in the nation has the slowest web in the UK.

13 May 2014 | 1:54 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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