|Status:||Will Not Proceed|
|Priority #:||770 - Saudi Telecom Company|
Legal Rights Objection
A Legal Rights Objection was filed against this application by Axis Communications AB/ Axis AB. The Objection was decided by WIPO, and was terminated because the applicant did not respond to the objection within the required timeframe. The termination meant that the objector automatically prevailed, terminating the application for .axis in September 2013.
The following is excerpted form the applicant's response to question #18:
"The Saudi Telecommunication Group (“STC”) has chosen to apply for the TLD to promote awareness of AXIS’s services and products and facilitate the digital growth and physical expansion of STC’s AXIS brand. The TLD will control and protect STC, AXIS, and their Trademarks by providing an official digital hub for consumers worldwide as well as fostering consumer trust by creating a secure and technically stable zone. STC’s mission requires it to exceed customers’ expectations in order to collectively reach new horizons, and the company is confident that the deployment of the TLD will enable it to do so. STC is also confident that the TLD will allow the company not only to achieve its own goals but also contribute to ICANNʹs commitment to innovation, consumer protection, security, and stability across new markets. Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, STC provides integrated mobile, fixed, and broadband communications services to over 126 million subscribers in 10 markets (34 million in Saudia Arabia alone). It is the largest telecommunications company by market capitalization, total revenue, and number of employees in the Arab State region and ranks 14th among telecommunications companies worldwide. Strong leadership coupled with strategic investments have increased shareholder value and enabled STC to provide 98% coverage and the introduction of new products and services (3G, 3.5G, LTE, BlackBerry, IPTV, MMS) in Saudi Arabia while successfully expanding into foreign markets (Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Lebanon, and Jordan). STC has built sophisticated networks and used advanced technologies to provide quality service and achieve the company’s goal of consumer satisfaction. The introduction of innovative technologies such as fibre optic broadband service and InVISION, a pioneering multimedia service, as well as its expansion program directly mirrors ICANN’s commitment to the extension of choice and the promotion of secure and stable technology across new and emerging markets. STC seeks to become the broadband operator of choice by offering ubiquitous access, converged offerings, and innovative content and applications. It also strives to provide its customers with an integrated experience, tailored offerings, and excellent customer service while serving as a catalyst for economic and social development, empowerment, and expansion throughout the MENA region. It is currently the sole operator within Saudi Arabia to provide the interactive Facebook Zero service as well as Facebook SMS. The introduction of these services represents an important breakthrough not only in the unprecedented level of technology and quality of service offered to STC’s customers but also in the immediate effect of social networking (of which there are two million users in Saudi Arabia). Additionally, the launch of Twitter Messaging allows STC’s customers to send and receive Twitter messages via SMS for the first time. The decision to apply for the TLD thus falls squarely within STC’s goals and echoes ICANN’s commitment to consumer empowerment, innovation, and competition. It will reinforce STC’s overall credibility and reputation for technical stability, security, customer service, and excellence. STC is a multi-award winning organization, and it has received recognition and accolades from industry organizations and counterparts in every field – from innovation (Cisco) and customer care (Middle East Excellence Awards Institute) to Transparency (BMG Financial Consultants) and Operational Excellence (TM Forum). In addition to its commitment to technology and its consumers, STC takes its mission of corporate social responsibility very seriously. The company supports governmental development projects for the public and private sector and is an active member in numerous events and initiatives. It carries out projects in various fields and continuously endeavors to provide specialized and comprehensive telecommunications solutions in order to boost the economy and enrich the social and intellectual lifestyle within Saudi Arabia and across the company’s markets. STC actively contributes to various programs including health care, community needs (with a special emphasis on people with disabilities, for whom it also offers discounted services, and orphans), education, and sport. In recognition of its efforts, STC was presented with the Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility from the International Institute for Social Responsibility in Dubai. The TLD will provide a digital home for information about all the previously-mentioned services as well as facilitate the future expansion of AXIS’s web and market presence. As STC actively expands into new markets and service categories, the TLD will serve as a platform for innovation as well as technical security and stability. The term “AXIS” is associated with a vast array of products and services related to STC’s AXIS mobile communications brand. As a result, millions of internet users and consumers associate the term “AXIS” with Saudi Telecommunication Group’s AXIS brand, and this number is only projected to increase with the forecast expansion of STC and AXIS. STC holds Trademarks for the AXIS brand in Indonesia, ensuring not only the protection of the brand but also its public recognition.
Launched in February 2008, AXIS is the fastest growing mobile communications operator in Indonesia. Within the first three years of operation, AXIS invested US$1 billion, achieved 80% population coverage, and became available in over 400 cities. It currently has over 17 million customers in a population coverage area of 190 million, and it is the fourth largest mobile operator in Indonesia. It provides 2G, 3G, and BlackBerry services nationwide and offers worldwide coverage via partnerships with international roaming partners in almost 150 countries. AXIS strives to create, simplify, and introduce mobile communication and content solutions into the marketplace. The company is committed to providing affordable and reliable SMS, data, and mobile coverage for all in addition to developing the telecommunications industry in Indonesia. The recent introduction of high speed mobile broadband services in Bandung has been an enormous success, and AXIS intends to extend this service to other major cities in the near future. AXIS mirrors STC’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, and its philanthropic programs are focused on providing humanitarian support for victims of natural disasters, support for the environment, and supporting education, health, and the economy. STC will retain domains for internal use, educating consumers about AXIS’s diverse service offering as it expands. As STC expands the AXIS brand throughout Indonesia, it will simultaneously extend the outreach of the TLD – ensuring not only the promotion of STC and the AXIS brand but also the effective organization of the Group’s domain name structure and the technical security and stability of its internet presence. The TLD will allow STC to continue innovating and bringing new products to an emerging consumer base without compromise – thereby exceeding customer expectations and reaching new horizons."
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- Application Download, gTLDresult.ICANN.org Retrieved 20 Feb 2013