2,800 Short .LU domains Being Released From 31 August

From 31 August to 15 December 2020, the Restena Foundation has announced they will be progressively opening the registration of more than 2,800 one and two character .lu domain names.

In order to provide fair and equal access to these new registrations, the Restena Foundation, through its DNS-LU service operating Luxembourg’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for .lu, following the example of some of its European counterparts, is opening up the access to the short .lu domain names in three phases:

  • From 31 August to 30 October 2020, during the ‘Sunrise’ phase, holders of registered trademarks as well as corporations and companies can apply for a priority registration if the trademark or name is identical to the requested one or two character domain name. Domain names are allocated on the basis of application files, submitted by interested parties to the Restena Foundation’s DNS-LU service by Friday 2 October 2020 at the latest. After this date, and till 30 October 2020, the applications will be assessed, and registrations finalized.
  • From 2 November to 14 December 2020, during the ‘Landrush’ phase, any individual or legal entity may try to acquire domain names with one or two characters not yet allocated in the previous phase. This is performed through an online tender process, attributing each domain name to the highest bidder. The dedicated platform will be accessible from 19 October 2020 at 1-2.dns.lu. From this date on, it will be possible to create a user account and preview the auction process. However, auctions will start only Monday 2 November 2020 for a minimum duration of two weeks.
  • On 15 December 2020, the ‘General Availability’ phase will start. The one and two character domain names not previously allocated will be available for registration, like any other .lu domain name, through the accredited registrars for .lu.

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