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Old 16th November 2009, 02:58 AM
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Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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Egypt will open the world's first Arabic language internet domain, its communications minister has said.


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Mr Kamel, who was speaking at the start of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) being held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, said a formal announcement would be made on Monday.
Registration for addresses with the .masr ending would begin at midnight (2200 GMT), he said
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8361676.stm

Am I reading that right? Egypt is going to allow registration right away?

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We’ve reported previously that non-English top-level domain names would soon be available — and today’s the start of registration for .masr [.مصر] domain names. The TLD, will represent the country of Egypt, and literally translates to “.Egypt”.
http://erictric.com/world/arabic-top...trations-begin
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

2nd out of the gate, after Russia?
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2nd out of the gate, after Russia?
Maybe first if they are going to allow open registration right out of the gate. Right now Russia is just taking pre-orders.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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2nd out of the gate, after Russia?
Russia is waking up to .рф
http://news.mail.ru/economics/3049286

So who takes 1st place?
Egypt handed the packet to Beckstrom in Egypt?
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

Actually I guess China is first, really.

I think Russia 2nd and Egypt 3rd?

I can find zero mention of it on their site

http://lookup.egregistry.eg/
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

So tom Egypt will be the first to utilize idn.idn using their cctld.

very exciting
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

is Egypt and the UAE using the same infrastructure..?
and pricing...

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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

aren't we getting ahead of ourselves? the fast-track process only opened today? isn't this just some kind of national pre-reg queue opening?
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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aren't we getting ahead of ourselves? the fast-track process only opened today? isn't this just some kind of national pre-reg queue opening?
Probably not, even if they are not delegated, there is little to stop them actually starting the registration process. They know they will get something, even if their preferred string is rejected. All they need to do is included a few phrases in the small print.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

OK, but that's still a pre-registration in my book ;-)
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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OK, but that's still a pre-registration in my book ;-)
Well to me preregistration mean being ripped off by a registrar that has no bloody chance of getting the name. Here you will probably be 100% certain but just have to wait a while for it to function properly.

The fascinating thing from my perspective, however, is that it has been stated many times that only UAE and Saudi would be in the first wave. That information, like much of the other information kicking around seems to be completely changed. Egypt has changed the constitution to rename the country dot Com by any chance has it?
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

It may be that UAE and Saudi apps are also in since we have 6 requests/ 3 languages
Chinese, Russian, and Arabic - Egypt, UAE, SA.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC



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Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport, IT, and Communications is starting a procedure for registering Internet domains in Cyrillic.

This has been announced Sunday by the Transport Minister, Alexander Tsvetkov.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=109996

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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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I don't think Bulgaria is getting .бг but I could be wrong. I think they wont get the extension for the same reason Russia wasn't going to get .py and had to go for .po. .бг can be easily confused with an actual country code of Brazil (.br) which disqualifies it right off the bat.
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I don't think Bulgaria is getting .бг but I could be wrong. I think they wont get the extension for the same reason Russia wasn't going to get .py and had to go for .po. .бг can be easily confused with an actual country code of Brasil (.br) which disqualifies it right off the bat.
Somewhere else that is doomed to using IDN.com then.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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Somewhere else that is doomed to using IDN.com then.
Tough luck for us, eh? :D
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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Somewhere else that is doomed to using IDN.com then.
I fail to see the reasoning behind this.

If .бг is not awarded to Bulgaria they could go for РБ [Република България] or anything that they find suitable. After all бг is the translit of their ascii cctld, also country code.

Egypt went for .egypt not dot .eg [translit]
Greece is -most probably- going for .ελ [Ελλας-Greece], not the .gr translit [.γρ], which would be meaningless in Greek anyway.
I don't see why their conditioning will change if their icctld will not be a translit of their current cctld.

All speculation of course.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

No, of course they can go with something else, but they have banged out a lot of publicity on this. This domain is instilled in my mind, and I am not Bulgarian. Long slow and expensive process to turn the boat 180 degree from here one feels. At the end of the day, it is not so much the name as the branding that goes into the name. A lot of branding capital wasted in my opinion.


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I fail to see the reasoning behind this.

If .бг is not awarded to Bulgaria they could go for РБ [Република България] or anything that they find suitable. After all бг is the translit of their ascii cctld, also country code.

Egypt went for .egypt not dot .eg [translit]
Greece is -most probably- going for .ελ [Ελλας-Greece], not the .gr translit [.γρ], which would be meaningless in Greek anyway.
I don't see why their conditioning will change if their icctld will not be a translit of their current cctld.

All speculation of course.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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A lot of branding capital wasted in my opinion.
Naah. A few press releases when the new cctld is approved and all will be fine.
Don't forget, we're talking about government here. TV and traditional press will be sucking up the govt. press release like there's no tomorrow. After all, it's a matter of national pride, coupled with the workings and experience of Communist-era propaganda. Bulgarians will be singing .РБ [or whatever] in no time at all.
Cost - zero.
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Re: Egypt launches Arabic web domain. BBC

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I fail to see the reasoning behind this.

If .бг is not awarded to Bulgaria they could go for РБ [Република България] or anything that they find suitable. After all бг is the translit of their ascii cctld, also country code.

All speculation of course.
They can go with something else for sure. They most likely will have to as it does violate the .IDN fast-track terms of introducing a confusing existing similar extension.

You can make all kinds of latin looking IDNs from Cyrillic. Think of the threat that poses to Brazilians if Bulgaria's extension was accepted.

But they've already put this extension in the minds of their population and the world. It will be hard as Dave said to rebrand something and have the people accept it. Which I think Russia will have a hard time doing also. Everyone was expecting .py.

And of course this is just my opinion.
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