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Key-Systems enables new generic top-level domains

St. Ingbert, 2011-06-21, The Board of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) such as .BRAND, .COMPANY, .PRODUCT, .CITY, .COMMUNITY at its meeting in Singapore. Key-Systems supports its customers in planning, executing and operating their own top-level domain. The application window for new gTLDs will be open from January 12 to April 12, 2012. It is expected that the first new gTLDs will be available for registration in 2013.

Since 2008 ICANN has worked out the realization of the new gTLD program – now the launch of the first application window is fixed; it will start on January 12. The initial evaluation of the new gTLD applications will be published in November 2012. The application fee in USD will be a six-figure number. “Middle to long-term, this development will result in a completely innovative user behavior”, predicts Key-Systems’ CEO Alexander Siffrin. ICANN has not yet approved plans for a second round of applications, and has not specified a timeframe for when a second round would occur if approved.

Domain extensions such as .BRAND, .COMPANY, .PRODUCT, .CITY or .COMMUNITY will enhance a web site profile simply through the domain extension and hence facilitate its localization on the web: The terms included in a domain name will improve the positioning of these domains in search engine results. Users may find web sites and offers faster and easier.

Key-Systems helps organizations and companies to analyze the potential of an own top-level domain. “An own TLD can become a worldwide advertising vehicle and thus the anchor of a company’s communication strategy”, says Alexander Siffrin. “Further benefits are a secure name space and a unique addressing of users.” In addition, owners of a new gTLD can decide about the registration rules and procedures for their name space on their own. Thus, they determine who may register addresses under their own TLD.

Together with the internet consulting company Thomsen Trampedach, Key-Systems‘ team advises interested parties about the realization of  their own TLD. Furthermore, the company owned BrandShelter service supports brand owners in monitoring the growing internet name space to detect the use of brands and typos by a third party. Also the registration and back-ordering of domain names are part of BrandShelter’s portfolio.

Key-Systems' business area KSregistry offers all technical features and functions required for a successful registry operation. The registration system is built according to all current standards and offers a white-label registry and registrar interface. KSregistry combines custom-tailored solutions, a reliable, powerful technology and qualified consulting.

About Key-Systems

Key-Systems is an international ICANN accredited registrar, which currently administers more than 3 million domains for more than 70,000 retail and corporate customers and 1,800 resellers worldwide. The company with more than 60 employees is the second largest ICANN registrar in Europe and one of the 15 largest in the world (in relation to the number of managed gTLD domain names). Key- Systems’ headquarters are located in St. Ingbert, Germany. The company operates two subsidiaries in the USA and Mexico and owns a majority interest in the Polish registrar AZ.pl.