Cyrillic Version of .pɸ domains now available
Leesburg, VA: Key-Systems, the international domain registrar, is now offering sunrise registrations during the launch of International top-level domain (IDN TDL).
The Cyrillic domain extension .pɸ (indicating the Russian Federation) is the first IDN TLD available for registration. .pɸ domain names must be made up entirely of Cyrillic symbols, numbers and hyphens. There have been recent changes to the .pɸ registration procedure and more changes are possible: The “Sunrise” period for registering trademarks under this domain extension has just been extended to September 16, 2010. Holders of Russian or international trademarks designating Russia are entitled to submit “Sunrise” registration applications;
IDN domain names contain non-ASCII characters – letters with accents, umlauts and characters in non-Latin scripts such as the Russian Cyrillic character set. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently moved towards the implementation of IDN top-level domains by approving the use of non-ASCII characters in TLDs. .pɸ is the first IDN TLD to successfully pass through ICANN’s application process for IDN TLDs, and is now open for domain registrations. Others, such as the IDN TLD associated with the countries of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are expected to follow soon. Key-Systems is a leader in the field, supporting all newly available IDN domain names as soon as they become available.
Key-Systems is dedicated to supporting clients by providing the ability to register and manage IDN TLDs. “The number of IDN country-code TLDs will rise significantly in the future,” emphasized Alexander Siffrin, CEO of Key-Systems. “ICANN is currently accepting requests to fast track IDN ccTLD applications. The process enables countries and territories that use languages based on non-Latin scripts to apply for a corresponding domain extension.” Applications for permission to implement an IDN ccTLDs are available only to administrations of countries and territories or their designated representatives, and must constitute a meaningful representation of the country or territory name. At this time, ICANN has 19 requests for IDN ccTLDs, representing eleven languages in the Fast Track Process.
Key-Systems will offer all new internationalized domain extensions as they become available. “It is important to support all national communities in their quest to establish local platforms on the Internet,” continued Siffrin. “Internationalized domain names can provide a whole new internet experience for the users.”
“These new IDNs make it possible for domain names of companies and brand names that include non-ASCII characters to be registered in their original spelling, which will also help to facilitate their branding efforts,” added Bonnie Wittenburg, EVP of Key-Systems USA. “Global companies whose products are marketed internationally are particularly interested in IDNs as a vehicle for reaching consumers in their native language.”
Key-Systems is continuously expanding its domain offerings. Clients can currently register domains, choosing from more than 200 top-level and second-level domain extensions through Key-Systems customer portals, domaindiscount24.com and RRPproxy.net. The firm’s corporate domain portal, BrandShelter.com provides worldwide registration and administration of domains including all possible extensions. With BrandShelter.com customers can administer their international domains and control the use of their name and trademarks on the internet name space via an online portal. Key-Systems currently manages more than 2.6 million internet addresses. Registrarstats.com names Key-Systems as the second largest ICANN registrar in Europe and one of the 15 largest worldwide. The company is headquartered in Zweibrücken, Germany and has subsidiaries in the US and Mexico.
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Key-Systems is considered to be the second largest ICANN registrar in Europe and one of the 15 largest worldwide. The company is headquartered in Zweibrücken, Germany and has subsidiaries in the US and Mexico.