The new gTLD aimed at the German state of Bavaria, .bayern, got off to a flying start this week, with 18,677 registrations on day one of General Availability, taking its total to 19,165, according to nTLDstats.com. General Availability commenced at 12:00 on 30 September.The start was even more notable, being the third largest day one General Availability launch of any city gTLD, behind .berlin with 31,731 and .london with 21,198 registrations.Bavaria is Germany’s largest state by area and second largest by population with around 12.5 inhabitants and whose capital is Munich.There are no eligibility restrictions on .bayern.
The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings Limited have announced that Bayern Connect GmbH, the German operating company in which TLDH has a majority holding, has been exclusively awarded the contract to apply for the .BAYERN gTLD string by the Bavarian State Government.
Top Level Domain Holdingsâ wholly owned registry services company, Minds+Machines, will provide the back-end registry services for the proposed new domain. Revenue to the Company will be based on a share of the revenues generated by the domain.
âWe view .BAYERN as a very significant win for Bayern Connect and for TLDH,â said Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Top Level Domain Holdings.
âWe are fully aware of the responsibility entrusted to us and plan to fully support Bayern Connect in its mission, continued Van Couvering. âGermany has 82 million inhabitants, 62 million internet users and 15 million domain names registered under .DE. By comparison, Bavaria has 12.5 million inhabitants. We foresee a long and mutually profitable relationship with Bayern Connect and the people of Bavaria through this initiative.â
Top Level Domain Holdings is currently supporting a portfolio of gTLD applications ranging from geographic applications, wholly-owned or joint venture applications for generic word based domains, and applications by third party clients where Top Level Domainâs registry services company, Minds+Machines, provides the registry service.