According to a press release today by CentraNic which is One of the world’s pioneering domain registries, CentralNic provides registry services and strategic consultancy for new TLDs, ccTLDs and its own portfolio of 29 global domain extensions,
Two Arabic-language Top-Level Domains (“TLDs”) applied for by The Ooredoo Group have been approved today by domain name regulator ICANN. “The Ooredoo Group is a visionary company and a leader in innovation not only in the Arabic-speaking world, but globally,” Mr. Crawford said. “We are delighted to congratulate them on taking a leadership position in the next developmental stage of the internet.”
Adding the names .QatarTelecom and .Mozaic in Arabic script into the domain name system as substitutes for TLDs such as “dot com” and “dot net” represents the biggest change to the Internet since its inception, according to Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, the technology company whose “DotBrand Solutions” division was tasked with obtaining and powering these new TLDs.
“Not only are these the first generic TLDs in Arabic script, but they are also among the world’s first “DotBrand” domains. The Ooredoo Group is one of the first companies in the world to have their own brand names approved for use as TLDs. We will see this revolutionary trend continue with the approval of other DotBrand TLDs like .google, .apple and .sony in months to come,” said Crawford.
DotConnectAfrica which is among the organizations that have applied for the .africa new gTLD has partnered CentralNIC to set up a robust registry in Africa. These organizations have a good reputation and infrastructure coupled with good connectivity across the continent.
The press release continues that “ICANN followed a rigorous due diligence process in assessing the TLD applications prepared for The Ooredoo Group by DotBrand Solutions, and evaluated the applications and CentralNic’s technology as surpassing ICANN’s requirements.”
The domains which were approved are as follows:
Meaning “Qatar Telecom”
Brand of the Qatar-headquartered telecommunications provider.
The Ooredoo Group’s pay TV service brand.
“The Ooredoo Group is a visionary company and a leader in innovation not only in the Arabic-speaking world, but globally,” Mr. Crawford said. “We are delighted to congratulate them on taking a leadership position in the next developmental stage of the internet.”