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US Dominates New Internet Top-Level Domain Claims

US Dominates New Internet Top-Level Domain Claims

A report from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) shows that US-based organisations accounted for almost 50% of new web address endings.

The company in charge of the domain name expansion explained that it had received a total of 1,930 requests for new internet suffixes and 884 of these requests originated in the US.

The rest were divided between the rest of the world, with 40 applications from the UK, 303 from the Asia-Pacific region and 17 claims originated in Africa.

A press conference is due to be held in which further details will be disclosed regarding which companies applied for what domains.

It is understood that Japanese camera company Canon have applied for the suffix .canon, while web giant Google has applied for .google, .youtube and .lol.

But Icann has revealed that 166 of the requests were made for ‘internationalised domain names’ - the term used for generic top-level-domains (gTLDs) which are not in the Latin alphabet.

Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive of Icann told the BBC "That means that if you're a person living in China or in somewhere in India then you might have the opportunity to use the internet purely in your native script

"It's going to make the internet more approachable for people. Also we're seeing a trend on mobile devices to people liking short names and there will be opportunities for shorter names here, just because what was previously a second-level name now becomes first-level."

Other high profile applications include 92 application from the Top Level Domain Holdings firm whose claims for self and clients include .hotel, .cricket, .london and .music.

Organisations will be charged a minimum of $25,000 in annual renewal charge to keep their suffix, and not all paid applications will be successful.

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