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The release of two character Portuguese domains!

Beginning 3 November 2014, two-character names will be available under the Portugal’s domain .PT. There will be available both types: letter-based and numerical domains.

Fifty-one (51) domain names will be allocated via auction, which Portuguese domain registry will organize in December. At the same time, there will still be a limitation for certain character combinations, including those corresponding to country codes used for others TLDs. The deregulation of DNS for .PT does not include the names consisting of one letter. The proposed rate for the registration of two-character names under the extension .PT is 100 euros plus taxes. The starting price at the domain auction will be € 499 plus taxes.

In retrospect, it seems that blocking two- and one-character domain names can prove profitable for the registry. Domain values increase year by year, and if the www extension is highly appreciated on the market, the registry may not only get high amount of proceeds from the auction of released names, but also set a high price for the renewal of new short names.

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