Ukrainian Cyrillic Domain to Start Operating by March 2010

Dec 22 2009 - 14:57

The Ukrainian Network Information Center (UNIC) has submitted an application to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to register the .ukr domain in Cyrillic.

Although UNIC representatives have stated that the new domain is expected to start operating by March 2010, a number of experts expressed doubts because of the peculiar ICANN rule, under which at least one letter should differ in the shape from the Latin one.

Last month Russia started priority registration of Cyrillic domain names on behalf of trademark owners.

Apart from Ukraine and Russia, other countries that use the Cyrillic alphabet include Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, Serbia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

For more information, please contact Jelena Jankovic in our Balkan Regional Office.

Source: Kyiv Post

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