Record: 9 million uk-domains

Uk-Domains break record
Uk-Domains: Register two-letter-domains as acronyms (PresseBox) (Koeln, ) The uk-domain is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United Kingdom.It is the fourth most popular top-level domain worldwide (after .com, .de and .net).

The '.co.uk' second level domain within '.uk' is more widely used than for most other countries. This results of specific rules set by the registry, prohibiting direct use of the ccTLD .uk.

The uk-domains passed another significant milestone when it reached recently nine million registrations. 2010 has seen especially strong growth for .uk, with a net increase of one million domains.

Secura GmbH is a NOMINET-Member and ICANN accredited Registrar.The customer can order at us uk-domains, which registrants are getting by our domain experts very quick and reliable.

Everybody can register org.uk and co.uk-domains.We recommend to order als well the desired name at co.uk as at org.uk, because a nasty situation could arise, if a competitor is marketing its services and products with your name at another uk-domain.

The me.uk-domains are thought for your personal use. If you have a Ltd or a PLC, you can order a ltd.uk or plc.uk-domain. The ac.uk-domains are for academic institutions.

2831 previously unavailable .co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk and .net.uk domains open to applications from trade mark holders from 1st December 2010.

The application process for some of most valuable uk-domains – those with single numbers, single letters and two letters, will start on 1st December.

Until today these uk-domains, which include single character domains (e.g. 1.co.uk, a.co.uk) and two letter domains (e.g. aa.co.uk), were ‘reserved’ and as such could not be registered.

Following a policy review, these uk-domains are now being made available.

Uk-domains are normally registered on a 'first come, first served' basis. However, due to the anticipated high level of demand, the registry will release these short uk-domains via a staged process of three stages:Sunrise I, Sunrise II and Landrush Period.

The 'Registered Rights Sunrise' period starts on December 1st and closes at January 17th 2011. During this time trade mark rights holders can apply for a uk-domain that matches their trade mark. As each application will be independently verified, applicants will need to provide evidence of using the trade mark in the UK prior to 1 January 2008.

The trade mark rights verification cost is £37 plus VAT for a single application for the first sunrise. Full fee details are available on the Nominet website. The deadline for submissions for the first sunrise window is noon (GMT) 17th January 2011. The evidence will be evaluated by an independent law firm on Nominet’s behalf.

If there is more than one verified application for these uk-domains, these domains will be auctioned to the highest bidder, with proceeds going to the Nominet Trust, an independently run charity.

The Uk-Domains not allocated will then go forward to a second sunrise period, when the rights qualification will be extended to unregistered rights holders. Any remaining uk-domains will proceed to a "landrush" period in which anyone can participate.

"There can be many trade marks, but only one domain name. So we're expecting these new domains will be hotly contested by individuals, companies and major brands. This release is an opportunity for savvy rights owners to get hold of valuable domain names" comments Nick Wenban-Smith, Senior Legal Counsel at Nominet and member of the project team for the short domains release.

"Having the .uk short domain URL can enhance brand value and increase customer access to businesses and individuals via search engines and beyond. We’ve developed the process to be fair as possible and look forward to active participation from trade mark holders in the first stage of the process."

The categories of uk-domains included in this release have different purposes: while.co.uk and .org.uk are open to all, .net.uk is reserved for network operators, and me.uk is intended for individuals.

Hans-Peter Oswald
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