SPOTLIGHT:

.KE Domains Now Available

For the first time ever, .KE (Kenya’s top-level domain) second-level domain names (e.g. yourbrand.ke, or cupca.ke) are available for registration. Previously, only third-level domains were available (e.g. yourbrand.or.ke). The registry is launching .KE domains in 3 phases.  The Sunrise Phase is already underway and runs through October 22, 2017.  Multiple applications will result in an auction, but not until after the subsequent Landrush Phase, which will be geared towards high-value (premium) domains.  Owning a third-level .KE domain is not a prerequisite to register at the second level. Historically, these second-level launches have been very popular with both brand owners and infringers. The domains are shorter, making them more marketable, memorable, and Tweetable.  Kenya also represents a top-3 economy in Africa, and is among the fastest growing, globally. Domains will enter General Availability as first-come, first-served on December 23, 2017. Please contact your Client Service Partner for more information.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.

  • .health
  • .basketball
  • .radio
  • .ke
  • .uk (top level)

Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
 General Availability 
.xn--fct429k  (.家電 consumer electronics) 12-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
 .xn--cck2b3b (.ストア store) 12-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
.xn--1ck2e1b (.セール sale) 12-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
 .xn--jvr189m (.食品 food) 12-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
 .xn--gckr3f0f  (.クラウド cloud) 12-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
 Premium/Reserved Release 
.tube 26-Sep-2017 N/A Yes Latin American Telecom LLC
.nrw 2-Oct-2017 N/A Yes Minds and Machines GmbH

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide September 11, 2017