Nominet, the governing body of UK domain names have signed off on proposals to allow businesses and individuals to purchase ‘.uk’ domain names next year. Although actual prices haven’t been announced yet, existing owners of ‘.co.uk’ or ‘.org.uk’ addresses will have first refusal over new customers to purchase their respective ‘.uk’ equivalents. There’s no need to jump onto your registrars just yet, it is said that existing owners will have up to five years to claim their names. Prices are expected to be announced next February.
Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley said in a released statement “The .uk namespace is one of the most popular and trusted available and we’re committed to ensuring it stays up-to-date and relevant,” “We’re excited to offer the option of a shorter, snappier domain name that we believe will appeal to both our existing customers and the businesses and bloggers of tomorrow.”
This addition to available UK domain names brings the available names in line with .fr and .de offered by France and Germany respectively.
In cases where the ‘.org.uk’ address is owned by a separate entity, business or individual to the ‘.co.uk’ address, the ‘.co.uk’ owner will be given first choice.
Following from this announcement ICANN (the governing body for global domains) have announced that .london domain names will be made available for business around the capital, with similar set-ups announced for Paris, Vienna, Berlin and New York.