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Wales gets official domain names .wales and .cymru

In aid of celebrating national pride and differentiating local businesses, Welsh companies and individuals will soon have access to .wales and .cymru top level domains (TLD). Business users will gain early access during November, with several companies, including Gwali, Atlantic PLC and S4C already announcing their intention to move their domains over to the nationalistic TLD. Individuals will be able to do the same for personal sites starting in March next year.

Ieuan Evans MBE, Chair of Nominet’s Wales Advisory Group said (via The Telegraph): “Today heralds a new era for Wales in the digital world. The first group of websites going live today marks only the beginning of this new and innovative venture for Wales. In the next phase of the project, this opportunity will be extended to all businesses and individuals. We can’t wait to share these new domains with everyone in Wales.”

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Nominet UK also announced its pleasure at the news, saying it was “proud to be part of the .cymru/.wales project,” and hoped that it would see the Welsh internet user base grow thanks to the change.

If you or someone you know would be interested in switching or taking out a .wales of .cymru domain name, they can register interest or sign up for updates at the OurHomeOnline.wales website.

This move comes shortly after Scotland also announced its own national TLD, the .scot domain.

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