Welsh domain names to launch in September

Businesses will be able to apply for a .wales or .cymru domain address from the start of September. Only organisations with a registered Welsh trademark will be able to apply at first.

New domain names 'will take Wales into digital future'

The .wales and .cymru addresses will boost Wales' visibility and help attract investment, says Ieuan Evans.

Over the past two years we have worked with Welsh businesses and organisations to create an opportunity to brand Wales online and to strengthen the visibility and use of the Welsh language on the internet.

The execution of the .cymru and .wales contracts has made this dream a reality. 2014 is the year that we take Wales into the digital future.

– Ieuan Evans, Chair of the Nominet Welsh Advisory Group

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Welsh domain names to launch in September

Businesses will be able to apply for a .wales or .cymru domain address from the start of September.

Only organisations with a registered Welsh trademark will be able to apply at first, with others who can prove 'interests and use of a brand name in Wales' following afterwards.

Nominet says the phased launch will ensure a smooth rollout of the new addresses Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) says the system will allow people "to demonstrate their Welsh identity, language and culture online."

The addresses will be open to the wider public from March 1 2015.

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