Domain .КАЗ delegated to Kazakhstan

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[news release] ICANN announced that domain .каз had been approved and delegated to the Kazakhstan Association of IT companies. According to ICANN, the new internationalized top-level domain name is of some interest to the global Internet community. The Kazakhstan Association of IT companies has not yet announced terms and conditions of domain names registration in the new domain.

Like the domains of the Russian Federation (.рф) and of Serbia (.срб), the new Kazakh domain uses the Cyrillic script; however, the domain name .каз uses the Kazakh variant of the latter. About 10,000,000 people in the world speak the Kazakh language, while the number of online users in the Republic of Kazakhstan comes to 4,300,000-plus, or 41% of the population.

“The Cyrillic script is one of the most popular alphabets on the Internet and the debut of yet another domain that uses the Cyrillic script is crucial for the development of the Web as a whole, – said Andey Kolesnikov, the CC’s CEO. – Hopefully, the positive record of the registry for domain .рф will help the Kazakhstan Association of IT companies launch their Cyrillic domain”.

Presently there are slightly less than 30 countries in the world which have been delegated internationalized top-level domains. The Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese and Tamil scripts are the most popular script variants in the existing IDNs. It should be noted that strings by applicant nations submitted for the ICANN’s approval do not always successfully pass the test. For example, domains . ελ (Greece) and .бг (Bulgaria) were rejected because the ICANN commission considered these variants similar to already existing or reserved domain names.

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