.OVH Goes Bang! 50,000 Registrations In First Five Days Of GA

dotOVH logoIt’s possibly one of the strangest new gTLDs to take off. The new gTLD .ovh has over 50,000 registrations, making it the sixth most popular of the new gTLDs. And after only five days into its General Availability.

From 2 October onwards, to celebrate the General Availability launch of .ovh, OVH launched a promotional campaign for the registration of the first domain names under the gTLD.

What is .ovh? It’s French. And according to the gTLD’s website, it all started with an April fool’s day prank in 2009 when Octave Klaba (OVH founder and CEO) announced the creation of .ovh. In just a few hours, the company received over 22,000 requests to register .ovh domains. No more convincing was needed for OVH to make this dream a reality.

The telecoms company .ovh has what is described as a community of 700,000 customers and is the number one internet hosting provider in Europe, number three in the world.

The gTLD is also pushing that having a .ovh domain “means sharing the values of the group – expertise, close proximity to customers, innovation, passion, creativity and open-mindedness. We want to make domain names accessible to as many people as possible, and always at the best price. That’s why .ovh will be one of the most affordable extensions on the market.”

The gTLD has Afnic, registry for .fr, as their backend services and registry provider.