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.swiss internet addresses: generalised opening

The 11 January launch of the second phase of registration of .swiss internet addresses extends the range of possible domain names and potential candidates. It also opens up the possibility for umbrella organisations or sector representatives to submit a dossier in order to obtain a generic address, such as hotel.swiss or watch.swiss, which will then be put at the disposal of the sector as a whole. The first phase has already enabled some 7000 .swiss internet addresses to be assigned.

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New .swiss domain names: 9’738 applications received

Biel/Bienne, 19.11.2015 – The initial registration period for the new .swiss internet addresses closed on 9 November 2015. 9’738 applications were received. The list of valid candidatures is available from today on the nic.swiss site. Interested parties now have 20 days to submit a rival application or make comments. The Federal Office of Communications OFCOM will assign uncontested addresses at the end of this period and will process disputes. The general phase opens on 11 January 2016 and will allow submission of new applications for .swiss domain names.

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Launch of the new .swiss internet domain

Public or private businesses and organisations can now apply to acquire a .swiss internet address. During the initial phase launched on 7 September 2015, applications can relate only to trademarks registered in accordance with an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) process, names associated with public bodies and distinctive signs protected in Switzerland. At a press conference this morning, federal councillor Doris Leuthard, the head of DETEC, stressed the importance to the Swiss economy of the availability of this new “shop window” abroad.

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“.swiss” is on course in technical terms

In technical terms, the domain “.swiss” has made important progress. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) registered “.swiss” in the domain name system (DNS) infrastructure at the end of April 2015. IANA manages the DNS rootzone database, which contains delegation details of all top level extensions (http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db). The Federal Office of Communications can now take the next steps and is on schedule to make “.swiss” available to the Swiss community in autumn 2015. Interested organisations with a link to Switzerland can then submit their applications.

.swiss passes technical tests

The infrastructure to manage the new .swiss domain name meets the criteria in relation to reliability, stability and security imposed on top-level internet domain operators. This was confirmed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the company responsible for managing internet addresses, at the beginning of the year after submitting the technical environment intended to manage .swiss to a series of tests which were successfully completed.

From a technical viewpoint, there is nothing to prevent the implementation of .swiss scheduled for this autumn. In the meantime, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is responsible for defining and implementing the business processes required for registering and managing domain names.

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