- CentralNic Group has given an update on the progress of the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) which will be exclusively using the CentralNic technology and cash-collection platform. Chief executive Ben Crawford says this is the biggest change to the internet since its inception as each new gTLD launch represents a completely new alternative to the traditional domain extensions such as .com and He says this creates new, relevant and meaningful domain names that are compelling both for well established markets and for the vast number of potential internet users in developing countries.

He added: "The CentralNic board is excited to be taking such a strong list of new Top-Level Domains to market, from the most generic and universal of all gTLDs, .xyz, to gTLDs designed for significant and clearly-defined verticals such as .bar, .college and .wiki."

CentralNic is the exclusive platform powering 25 'uncontested gTLDs confirmed so far, to begin launching from next week, as well as 27 gTLD applications that have passed the Initial Evaluation from industry governing body ICANN, and are now in the contention resolution process. CentralNic has also succeeded in attracting additional domain extensions, including and TLDs to be acquired by Domain Venture Partners via its DVP II fund.

CentralNic's first launch, .wiki, takes a term that is synonymous with online collaboration and high quality websites, and makes it available for the use of companies, developers, communities and hobbyists alike. The first .wiki domains will be available for registration to trademark holders on 3 March, and to others from 8 May.

This will be followed by .xyz - a mass-market Top Level Domain designed for global appeal, priced below the likes of .com and designed to be appropriate for any website in any language. The first .xyz domains will be available for registration to trademark holders on 20 March , and to anybody who wants to join 'generation XYZ' from 20 May.

CentralNic's clients have an additional 23 new TLDs that are currently in the contracting process with ICANN. These fall into two categories: 1. TLDs from existing CentralNic clients, to be retailed through registrars. These domains are: .bar, .college, .contact, .fans, .feedback, .ink, .pid, and .rest - the global domain for restaurants. 2. Sixteen 'DotBrand' TLDs for corporations obtaining their own business names as Top-Level Domains so as to create their own branded universe of websites. CentralNic's 'DotBrand' clients include Global 1000 enterprises such as Saudi Telecom, Qatar Telecom, Etisalat and Kuwait Finance House, as well as media and entertainment leaders The Guardian (.theguardian) and the world's leading talent agency, William Morris Endeavor.

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