Archive for December 2014

Rent .BV Norwegian domains to the Netherlands?

deal handshakeThe Norwegian domain registry Norid and the Dutch registry SIDN are negotiating the sale or lease of the .BV domain. The .BV extension, assigned to the Bouvet Island, has been operated by the Norwegian registry which in the last few years has received several offers of cooperation related to the .BV extension.

It is all due to the fact that .BV domain in the Netherlands corresponds to the abbreviation “Ltd”, which is closely connected with business. BV in the Netherlands refers to a limited liability company. Norid, in addition to .NO domains and .BV domains, also manages .SJ extension, which is designated to the better known islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

At present, the potential buyer or lessee of the .BV extension is exploring the potential of the domain. Final decisions will therefore be made after the research and marketing analysis have been completed. It only seems logical that numerous Dutch companies and institutions should find the names which indicate ‘.ltd’ in Dutch attractive.

Released two-letter domain names by Sweden!

The flag of SwedenSwedish .se domain registry has provided a good example for other country code domain registrars. The Swedish registry has released the two-letter domain names within their country code domain .SE.

There are a number of additional names which will be auctioned by the Swedish registry this fall. Those will include two-letter names corresponding to national codes as well as the names of countries. According to the information posted on the registry’s website, there will soon be allowed for registration such addresses as no.se, tv.se, pr.se or thailand.se and spanien.se.

The list of blocked and claimed names for .se domain was developed in 2003 when registration of .se domain names became possible to applicants outside Sweden. It is expected that within the next three years, most of the names on the list will be available for registration. In the past, the registry freed numerical domains in 2006 and geographic names were released in 2008. So far, the domains were released on a first-come, first-served basis. This time, according to the procedures laid down in 2013, domain names will be auctioned off and the proceeds from the auction will be donated to a number of initiatives connected with the development of the Internet in Sweden.

The names that have been blocked for registration or proprietary .se domain names include the following categories:
- Combinations of digital format xxxxxx-xxxx
- Two typos, followed by two hyphens,
- National codes according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-2,
- Domain Test
- Second-level domain,
- The name of the scope of the Swedish law,
- Swedish names of countries.