Wales is to submit a bid to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to use new generic top-level domain names.

Carwyn Jones, the Welsh first minister, said the creation of new internet domain names for Wales could put the country on the “online map”.

ICANN announced last year it would increase the number of internet domain name endings.

A bid for website addresses to end in .wales and .cymru will be officially submitted later this month.

ICANN is accepting applications for domain names until April 12th with the first new domains due to go live in 2013.

Mr. Jones said the new domain names would be a “fantastic opportunity” for Wales.

“They will ensure that Wales is at the forefront of developments on the internet, and will put a flag for us on the online map,” he said.

“We will be able to use the top level domain names to establish a strong online presence which truly reflects our national identity.”

Wales to bid for new domain names
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