No block on move for .wales and cymru domain names

Welsh flag with .wales and .cymru Instead of a .uk internet address, .wales and .cymru could be available

Related Stories

The bid to give people the chance to use Wales and Cymru in their internet address names has moved a step closer.

The Welsh government says it will not object to a bid for the right to use the '.wales' and '.cymru' domain names.

It follows a decision to expand the number of top-level names available, such as '.com', '.net' and '.org'.

A £240,000 application to use the new Welsh names can now be made to the international internet body, Icann.

The decision not to block the application has been welcomed by Clwyd South AM, Ken Skates, who heads one of the assembly's committees on the future of media in Wales.

Bid costs

"I have always been supportive of establishing a top level domain name for Wales and it is exceptionally important that we secure a name that will give the biggest and best economic boost to Wales.

"I am hopeful we can now move forward to develop a domain name for Wales which will help grow the potential of Welsh businesses right across the world."

The request to apply for the '.wales' and '.cymru' names was made by the not-for-profit UK registry body, Nominet.

It is understood that the application for the names to Icann could cost up to £120,000 for each name.

However, the Welsh government has previously ruled out paying for the bid.

In November, Nominet said it remained in talks about how the application would be funded.

Suzy Davies AM, Conservative heritage spokeswoman said she was pleased there was some clarity and it would help highlight Wales as a distinctive place to do business.

"Online transactions are an increasingly lucrative way for Welsh businesses to boost orders, so making it easier to identify Wales-based suppliers should help promote the Welsh economy," she added.

Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins added: "The establishment of these domain names will allow Welsh companies to assert their Welsh identity on the global forum, and this can only be good news."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Wales stories

RSS

Features

  • NS Savannah, 1962Nuclear dream

    The ship that totally failed to change the world


  • Ed Miliband takes a selfie at a Cambridge hairdressersNo more photo ops?

    Why is Ed Miliband drawing attention to his public image?


  • Espresso cup7 days quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Glasgow 2014 quaichs and medalsQuaich guide

    What do the Scottish gifts given to Games medallists symbolise?


  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it for three planes to crash in eight days?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.