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  • Nominet to begin emailing .uk rights holders

    21 August 2014
    From 15 September, Nominet will begin emailing registrants with rights to a short .uk domain under the .uk 5-year reservation mechanism.  This step is part of a wider programme of communication and outreach committed to as part of the launch of .uk, and reflects our commitment to inform our existing registrants of the additional rights now connected to their domain/s.
  • The countdown to .cymru and .wales begins following delegation

    18 August 2014
    ICANN has now delegated both .cymru and .wales meaning that they are not yet available for registration but are now on the internet’s official database. From 1st September, businesses that have already registered their trademarks with ICANN’s Trademark Clearing House can begin the process of registering their new Welsh domains. The second registration phase, which gives Welsh businesses priority, starts in November with availability to the general public beginning on St David’s Day, March 1st 2015.
  • Change to Data Quality Policy

    30 July 2014
    The Data Quality Policy introduced earlier this year will be amended with effect from the 22nd September to remove the planned automatic cancellation of domain names that do not meet the necessary validation checks after 30 days. An initial Data Quality transition period, from 7th May to 22nd September, was implemented during which domain names on Accredited Channel Partner and Channel Partner tags were not automatically cancelled where validation could not be completed. 
  • Update on Nominet Registrar Services

    28 July 2014
    As the launch of .cymru and .wales gets closer, further details about Nominet Registrar Services Limited (NRS) are now available.The company is a wholly-owned Nominet subsidiary which will guarantee a distribution channel for .wales and .cymru as ICANN rules mean that the new domains may only be sold through ICANN Accredited Registrars.Registrars who wish to offer the Welsh domains but are not ICANN-accredited can choose to offer them by becoming a reseller of NRS or any ICANN Accredited Registrar who has signed up with Nominet to sell these gTLDs.
  • Deadline for .wales and .cymru trademark registrations approaches

    22 July 2014
    Businesses that hold a trademark and wish to appeal to customers in Wales, or want to be identified as having a Welsh heritage, need to register with the Trademark Clearinghouse before the 31st July to ensure the best possible chance of securing their .wales or .cymru domain names.
  • S4C, the National Assembly for Wales and Sport Wales among many getting behind .cymru and .wales at the Royal Welsh Show

    21 July 2014
    Strong backing of .cymru and .wales came from a host of organisations that will be the first to switch to the new domain names at the Royal Welsh Show today. S4C, the Welsh language TV channel; the National Assembly for Wales; Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club; Sport Wales; the Welsh Books Council and the Arts Council for Wales will all be using them to underline their Welsh identity online.
  • Nominet Internet Award winners 2014 revealed

    3 July 2014
    The winners of this year’s Nominet Internet Awards have been announced.  The annual awards celebrate projects that help to make the internet a force for good and showcase the very best that the UK internet has to offer.  The winners and runners up are as follows: Innovative Internet Business Winner:  Write Latex - Overleaf Runner up: Lawbite Online Skills and Training
  • Popularity of UK domains grows – new .uk hits 100k within weeks of launch

    3 July 2014
    New, short .uk domains have passed the 100,000 registrations milestone, contributing to the biggest-selling month Nominet – the internet company behind the .uk internet infrastructure – has seen in almost 14 years.June 2014 saw almost 225,000 new registrations across .uk,, and, second only to March 2000, when registrations nudged 250,000.“Given that the domain name market is more competitive than ever before, this is a fantastic endorsement of the power of the UK brand,” Eleanor Bradley, Nominet’s Chief Operating Officer said.
  • Nominet begins its part in Ofcom’s TV Whitespace pilot

    1 July 2014
    Nominet has passed the qualification stage to become a database provider that can operate in Ofcom’s TV Whitespace pilot in the UK. TV white space is the part of the radio spectrum freed up by the UK analogue TV switch off and planning is underway for a pilot of innovative white space technology in the UK, which is among the first of its kind in Europe.
  • Welsh government switches its internet address to .cymru and .wales

    23 June 2014
    Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, announced at ICANN London today that the Welsh Government plans to begin a switch of its official internet address from to .cymru and .wales from next year.


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