Key-Systems Accepts .SO Pre-Applications
.SO, the top-level domain (TLD) of the Republic Somalia will be launched starting November 1 with a Sunrise period for trademark holders. Key-Systems will accept pre-registrations for all launch phases, starting a week before on October 25. In addition to .SO, three other domain extensions will become available: .COM.SO, which aims especially at commercial entities, .NET.SO for networks and .ORG.SO for non-profit organizations.
The technical operator of .SO is the Japanese company GMO Registry, for the operative tasks the Somali SO registry is responsible. The “sponsoring organization” of the TLD is the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Somalia. In an interview with the domain investor Rick Latona the Director of GMO registry, Hiro Tsukahara, announced they will donate a portion of the operating profit to provide necessary aide for Somalia, especially for children. He said Somalia is a country, which needs support in many areas and that the GMO registry’s relief project should increase global awareness of Somalia. “It is important that the country and its people benefit from the delegation of their national domain,” welcomes Key-Systems CEO Alexander Siffrin of the project. “The .SO domain extension provides the ability to associate a variety of generic terms such as ‘social,', sophisticated,'or ‘solid,' using an appropriate domain name and the respective marketing.”
The .SO Sunrise is followed by the so-called Landrush phase (12/16/2010 to 02/09/2011). This phase aims at all interested parties, applications will be accepted for domains that were not registered or applied for during Sunrise and not reserved by the registry. Domains with more than one valid Landruh application will be auctioned at Pool.com (02/10/2011 to 02/28/2011). During the final Open Registration starting March 1, 2011, all available domain names can be registered following the "first-come, first served" principle. The registration period for Landrush domains and domains of the Open Registration has to be at least one year and a maximum of ten years.
.SO domain names must be made up of a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 63 characters (excluding the extension). Only the Latin alphabet letters a-z, digits, and hyphens will be accepted. Domain names beginning or ending with hyphens, as well as domain names with hyphens on the third and fourth position are prohibited. The policy for the TLD .SO is liberal, there are no restrictions concerning the registrants, no local presence service is needed.
Key-Systems GmbH located in St. Ingbert, Germany, was founded by Alexander Siffrin in 1998. The company has grown from an academic sideline to a successful international ICANN accredited registrar for internet addresses. Areas such as a fully automated reseller-system and web hosting completed the success story. Today with more than 2.7 million domains under its management, the company has reached a leading market position, selling domain names, web hosting and DNS services to customers all over the world. The latest product BrandShelter.com offers companies and institutions special services related to domain administration including services to get their own top-level domain (TLD) as this opportunity unfolds in the near future. Key-Systems is operating subsidiaries in the USA and Mexico.
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