.cymru

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Status: Delegated
country: Wales
Language: Welsh
Manager: Welsh Government
Registry Provider: Nominet
Registry: Nominet
Registry Backend: Nominet
Date Implemented: 07 August 2014
Type: GeoTLD
nTLDStats
Registrations: 7,297
Parked Domains: 3,198
Parked Domain %: 43.83 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 08 August 2014
General Availability: 01 March 2015

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.cymru is a delegated GeoTLD intended for the country of Wales in the United Kingdom. "cymru" means "Wales" in Welsh. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 07 August, 2014.[1]

Background

In February, 2012, it was announced that Nominet had been chosen to run the technical registry functions for the yet-to-be-named managing entity associated with the Welsh Government. The same entity will also be applying for .wales with Nominet. The planned application for 2 Welsh TLDs apparently follows debate in the country as to whether their Geo TLD should be in their little-used, native language or in English. Nominet has stated that it plans to establish a model whereby excess funds are reinvested in Wales and its community.[2][3] The company contracted Beaufort Research in order to discover what their stakeholders would like done with the Welsh TLDs. They have released a questionnaire, with questions relating to policy, pricing and perceived demand.[4]

An entity that previously expressed interest in running .cymru, DotCym, announced that it would not be applying for any Welsh TLD just weeks before the Nominet announcement.[5]

One of the first communities to express interest in using a .cymru was Llandysul, which expressed its preference for its community council website to use the extension in February, 2013.[6]

Language Issues

In October, 2012, Nominet was criticized for using poor Welsh grammar and structure on its website for the Welsh TLDs. One Welsh tech blogger alleged that Google translate or a similar program to create the text. Nominet had previously promised to expand beyond its English-centric presence and establish an office in Wales with Welsh speakers.[7]

Contract Signed

On 8th May 2014, Nominet received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .cymru after passing the Initial Evaluation.[8]

Delegation and Availability

.cymru was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 8th August, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[9]


Sunrise

The Registry announced that the Sunrise Period for the string would begin on the 1st September 2014, and end on the 31st October 2014.[10]


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