The .berlin new gTLD has retained its position as the most successful Digital City Brand in 2021 according to the fifth edition of DOTZON’s Digital City Brands study.
|Forum Announcement:||Comment Period Opens on||Date:||2 March 2015|
|Purpose (Brief):||Three (3) Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) requests were submitted by the registry operators listed below to allow the release of country and territory names for the below TLDs. In total, the requests concern 3 New gTLDs.
Currently, .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN Registry Agreements require country and territory names contained in specific internationally recognized lists to be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator at all levels.
As required by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether these RSEP proposals might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN‘s preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues.
Following ICANN‘s preliminary determination that the proposals do not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the respective Registry Agreements and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.
The proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs. It should be noted that as of 13 November 2014, Specification 13 is granted for .EMERCK, whereas Registry Agreements for .HAMBURG and .BERLIN do not include Specification 13 provisions in place and these two TLDs are Geo TLDs.
|Public Comment Box Link:||https://www.icann.org/public-comments/emerck-hamburg-berlin-amendment-2015-03-02-en|
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The Austrian registry nic.at appears to have been drinking plenty of Red Bull and grown wings to cover the German-language new gTLD market. It seems every announcement of a proposed new gTLD in the German-speaking countries is using registry services from nic.at.
Last week nic.at announced they have signed up .VERSICHERUNG (insurance) and .REISE (travel), two of the most lucrative search keywords in German and likely to be quite successful gTLDs.
âWe are delighted that nic.atâs wave of successes keeps on rolling with the contract awards for .versicherung and .reise,â said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at. âThis is yet another demonstration that our expertise is valued and well-known among prospective applicants.â
The announcement follows hot on the heels of announcements in recent weeks that nic.at has signed up to provide registry services for .BERLIN and .HAMBURG using their Registry In A Box service that provides a scalable solution for registry services. And prior to this, in early May nic.at signed an agreement to provide registry services for the Bahraini ccTLD .BH.
ICANN approved its Applicant Guidebook and set an application window for three months commencing 12 January only two weeks ago at the commencement of their Singapore meeting. Following the board approval the corridors were full of wheeling and dealing with potential gTLD applicants and registries seeking to form partnerships in the days after the Applicant Guidebook approval.
âIn our industry trust, expertise and professionalism are particularly important – and all three are criteria and attributes that nic.at matches,â said Alexander Schwiersch, CEO of dotversicherung und dotreise GmbH commenting on why they chose nic.at to provide registry services.
The Austrian registry nic.at is making forays into Germany signing agreements to provide registry services first with the operators of the proposed .HAMBURG gTLD and this week announcing they will also provide the same for .BERLIN.
The decision of dotBERLIN to select nic.at to supply registry services is quite an achievement given dotBERLIN is one of the earliest and most experienced of the likely applicants for a new gTLD.
It is also to be expected there will be a flurry of announcements and deals being made with ICANNâs announcement Monday to approve the generic Top Level Domain programme and begin taking a first round of applications in January 2012 with the intention that those approved will be operational in early 2013 according to a new revised timetable released by ICANN when they approved the new gTLD programme.
âWe are proud to have won over dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG â our highest-profile city TLD initiative so far â and canât wait to start contributing our expertise to this international flagship project,â said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at.
In selecting nic.at, dotBERLIN considered several potential providers of registry services, evaluating suitability according to technical, organisational and financial criteria as well as the requirements laid out in the ICANN Applicants Guidebook.
âNic.at is trusted and held in extremely high regard throughout the industry,â said Dirk Krischenowski, CEO of dotBERLIN.
âThe Austrian registry has extensive experience in the secure and glitch-free operation of more than one million .AT domains. We are certain the nic.at is the right partner to support the .BERLINâs ICANN application procedure.â
With the possibility of ICANN approving new gTLDs as soon as Monday next week at its Singapore meeting, competition is heating up to provide back-end services for potential applicants.
One registry that is getting into the game is nic.at who announced this week that Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH has selected the Austrian registry as technical partner for their gTLD, citing nic.atâs technical expertise and its long-standing experience and proven track record as the official registry for .AT as reasons for its selection.
âFor us it was important to know that we would be working with an experienced and highly professional registry when it came to applying for and implementing the .HAMBURG top level domain. nic.at matches this requirement to the letter,â said Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH CEO Oliver SÃ¼me.
Nic.at was obviously delighted with the choice of Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH.
âWe are delighted to have secured a city domain in the form of the dotHamburg initiative. nic.at will be there to help the people of Hamburg every step of the way as they create their own unique online identity, said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at.
The deal will also help the dotHamburg initiative sell their idea to investors with a stable registry behind them.
âThe presence of nic.at ensures that the very best registry technology is at our disposal â providing long term stability and safeguarding the future of the .hamburg top level domain,â said SÃ¼me.
The announcement comes after the Kingdom of Bahrain selected nic.at to be the registry operator for its ccTLD .BH in early May. In anticipation of new gTLDs, and also to sell its expertise among existing TLDs, nic.at developed their Registry In A Box software to give TLD operators the opportunity to choose the level of registry services they require and to suit their budget.
âWe offer a combination of international experience gathered from consultancy projects in a range of different countries, and our modular registry-in-a-box software and service package offers the right custom technical solution for every individual top level domain,â said Wein.